volvo mild hybrid technology

Understanding more about Volvo’s mild hybrid technology​

​We understand that getting your head around all of the different types of engines that are out there can be quite confusing, which is why we’ve put together this handy article to help you understand the Volvo mild hybrid technology.

Put simply, the mild hybrid is an effective powertrain solution that will actively reduce engine load, which in turn will help you to improve your fuel economy and also your driving experience. It combines an electric motor, 48-volt battery and a 12-volt/48-volt converter with an internal combustion engine. The electric motor will act as a starter to power up the engine smoothing, and it will also work as a generator, which collects energy expelled when braking and is then repurposed to enable better acceleration.

This type of technology is available within both the XC60 and XC90 ranges, allowing you to not only make the most of a family-sized SUV, but also ensure your running costs are kept to a minimum.

Would you like to find out more about either of these models and discover the mild hybrid performance for yourself? If so, get in touch with the helpful and friendly team at your local Johnsons Volvo today.

Q) What is a mild hybrid?


A) A mild hybrid is also considered to be an electric car. Mild hybrids use both a combustion engine and an electric motor to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. They does 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.

Q) Does the electric motor propel a mild hybrid?


A) No. The electric motor is there to assist the engine and to reduce the amount of work it needs to do.​

Q) What is the main benefit of a mild hybrid?


A) A mild hybrid will offer reduced fuel consumption and thereby lower emissions. Mild hybrids are generally more affordable than full hybrids or plug-in hybrids.

Q) What is the difference between a mild hybrid, a full hybrid and a plug-in hybrid?


A) A mild hybrid uses the electric motor to assist the combustion engine. A full hybrid has a larger electric motor and battery than a mild hybrid. A full hybrid can power the car using the electric motor for short distances and recharges its battery using the engine or through regenerative braking. A plug-in hybrid can be recharged by literally plugging it into a home charging station or using a public charging station. A plug-in hybrid offers a greater pure electric range thanks to a larger battery pack and electric motor. A plug-in hybrid will meet the daily commuting needs of many people.