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Volvo To Hybridize Entire Line

  • The new 48-volt system will be called “mild hybrid”
  • Not to be confused with T8 Plug-In Hybrid models
  • It’s not a plug in system
  • It was offered on US 2019 XC60 and XC90 SUVs
  • It will be available on all 2021 Volvos

The new system Volvo calls “mild hybrid”. It’s a 48-volt system that doesn’t have plug-in support, rather it uses regenerated electricity from braking.

Because the new system isn’t a plug-in, it’s obviously not to be confused with Volvo’s T8 Plug-In Hybrid powertrain option that has been available on most Volvos since the 2016 XC90 (second generation XC90).

On the new system, the recaptured energy charges up a battery, which then powers an integrated starter generator. The generator in turn helps the combustion engine temporarily, which lowers emissions, and it also powers the car’s stop/start system.

A mild hybrid is also considered to be an electrified car. Mild hybrids use both a combustion engine and an electric motor to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. They do this by using energy stored in a 48-volt battery that is generated by braking. This energy is then used to boost the combustion engine during start-up and take-off.

This update means Volvo will have three levels of electrification: this new mild hybrid, the aging T8 Plug-In Hybrid, and the new, almost-available-to-buy XC40 Recharge.

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