Everything About Volvo Mild Hybrid You Need To Know



Have you been hearing about the new Volvo mild hybrid cars for sale and would like the mild hybrid technology explained? Then you're in luck because we've taken a moment to explain how the Volvo mild hybrid works and to compare mild hybrid vs. full hybrid details.

After you understand more about your mild hybrid electric vehicle options, you'll want to take a spin in the new Volvo S60 mild hybrid for sale at our Volvo dealership near you.

What Is a Volvo Mild Hybrid?

Let's start at the beginning. Volvo mild hybrid technology is a propulsion system that is raising the bar when it comes to delivering a smooth drive and greater efficiency. A mild hybrid is not a full hybrid but offers the same concept of using an electric motor to reduce engine load, improve gas mileage, and provide a smooth, quiet ride.

How Does the Mild Hybrid System Work?

A 48V mild hybrid system combines an electric motor, a battery, and a traditional gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. The electric motor serves a starter's role to turn over the engine and also acts as a generator that stores energy recuperated from braking.

Recovered energy is then stored in the battery and used to boost power from the gas engine when you take off in your new Volvo XC60 mild hybrid for sale.

The difference between a Volvo S60 mild hybrid and something like a Volvo XC40 pure electric for sale is that a mild hybrid never runs on electric power alone, but a pure electric car does.

The mild hybrid technology is only there to help the gasoline-powered engine and reduce engine load. In an all-electric car, there is no gasoline-powered engine. The vehicle runs purely on battery power.

How Is a Mild Hybrid Different From a Full Hybrid?

The mild hybrid technology in a new Volvo mild hybrid for sale is there to help out the combustion engine. A mild hybrid does not run on battery power. This is not true of a full hybrid. A full hybrid vehicle can use the electric motor for short distances and while meandering through parking garages.

A mild hybrid car has a smaller battery and motor than a full hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Volvo XC60 mild hybrid, for example, is also different from a new plug-in hybrid for sale because a mild hybrid uses regenerative braking to charge its battery, but a plug-in hybrid connects to a charging station to recharge its battery.

A plug-in hybrid will provide a greater pure electric range than a traditional hybrid because it has a larger battery and a bigger motor.

Volvo Cars is committed to changing the world through charging and creating a fleet of vehicles that is 50% fully electric by 2025, with the rest being hybrid vehicles (including those with mild hybrid technology).

Popular Mild Hybrid Cars for Sale

Now that you've had the Volvo mild hybrid technology explained and you understand how a mild hybrid system works, you're probably curious to know which new Volvo cars for sale have the mild hybrid system.

The mild hybrid options in the current Volvo Cars lineup include the Volvo S60 mild hybrid sedan, V60 Cross Country mild hybrid wagon, and the Volvo XC60 and XC90 mild hybrid SUVs.

The mild hybrid electrification system accelerates the new Volvo S60 B6 AWD from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. This popular new Volvo sedan for sale also comes with a 360-degree camera to help you pull into and exit tricky parking spaces with ease.

The Volvo S60 mild hybrid helps clean the air outside the vehicle by offering a more efficient propulsion system, and it also cleans the air inside the vehicle with an advanced cabin air cleaner that stops up to 95% of hazardous PM 2.5 particulates from entering and circulating the cabin.

Volvo Mild Hybrid SUVs

The Volvo XC60 mild hybrid is a midsize SUV that offers five seats, a 360-degree camera, and comes with Google built in, so you can enjoy Google Maps with real-time traffic info and automatic rerouting, as well as hands-free voice control with Google Assistant.

When you want a full-size mild hybrid SUV with up to seven seats and available AWD, you want the new Volvo XC90 mild hybrid. This mild hybrid SUV for sale comes with advanced safety systems, a precision audio system, the same advanced cabin air cleaner found on the Volvo S60 mild hybrid sedan, and three exclusive trim styles to shop and compare.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mild Hybrid car?

A mild hybrid car is powered by an electric motor, a 48V battery, and an internal combustion engine to offer greater efficiency than a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle. A Volvo mild hybrid uses energy stored from braking to help power the vehicle and reduce the load placed on the combustion engine. The vehicle never runs on battery power alone. To have the Volvo mild hybrid technology explained further, we invite you to contact our sales department.

How does Volvo Mild Hybrid work?

A Volvo mild hybrid works by combining an electric motor, a battery, and a traditional gasoline-powered internal combustion engine to create a 48V mild hybrid chain that gathers, stores, and transfers energy as you drive. The electric motor starts the car and gathers energy recuperated from braking. This gathered energy is then sent to the battery for storage until you need the battery energy to boost power when you accelerate from a stop.

Is it worth it buying a Mild Hybrid car?

Yes, a mild hybrid is a popular option for drivers who are looking to increase their efficiency but may not have the means to charge a pure electric vehicle. Mild hybrid cars and SUVs are becoming increasingly popular among drivers in apartment buildings and complexes where charging is not yet an option. If you're looking to get into a new car and enjoy better gas mileage without needing to plug in at night, the lineup of new Volvo mild hybrid vehicles should not be missed.

Do you have to charge Mild Hybrid cars?

No, you do not need to charge mild hybrid cars. Mild hybrid vehicles are equipped with an electric motor, a battery, and an internal combustion engine that power the vehicle. The mild hybrid technology creates a circuit that stores energy from braking to charge the battery. A mild hybrid still runs on a gasoline-powered engine and needs to be fueled like a traditional car. The vehicle does not run on electric power alone or require charging.

What's the range on a Volvo Mild Hybrid?

A mild hybrid runs off an internal combustion engine and is not a pure electric vehicle, so the range is measured in miles-per-gallon like a typical internal combustion engine. As a reference, the new Volvo S60 mild hybrid sedan delivers an EPA-estimated 23/34/27 mpg1 (City/Highway/Combined) that will vary depending on conditions and your driving habits.


1For more information, please visit the official US government source for all fuel economy at www.fueleconomy.gov

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