What Is The Volvo Mild Hybrid System?

Volvo Mild Hybrid System

The Volvo mild hybrid lineup is bold and dynamic, offering drivers fuel efficiency and undeniable raw power. The roll-out of this electrical system across the Volvo lineup is reflective of the company's move towards full electrification. This article will detail the three different kinds of hybrid vehicles that exist, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. We aim to help you select the right car for you and yours.

Volvo mild hybrid vehicles are great for drivers in Raleigh, NC. The company has also developed plug-in hybrids and all-electric automobiles. Reach out to our friendly staff if you have any questions about the superb electrified Volvo vehicles that we offer for sale or lease at our dealership.

What Are the Different Hybrid Systems?

There are three different categories of hybrid vehicles: mild hybrids, full hybrids, and plug-in hybrids. They differ in how the electrical system charges and interacts with the internal combustion engines with which they are mated. We'll discuss all three options to help you pick the one that best suits your needs.

Mild Hybrid

Mild hybrid cars use a battery-and-motor system that is mated to a traditional engine that burns gasoline. The reason these vehicles are "mild" hybrids is that their electrical systems are used to support the engine when you accelerate and cruise. The car cannot be driven in an all-electric mode, which differs from some of the other types of hybrid vehicles.

Full Hybrid

Full hybrid cars are similar to mild hybrid vehicles insofar as they use a battery-and-motor system that is connected to the internal combustion engine on the car. Full hybrid vehicles, however, can be driven in all-electric modes. This means that the motors are set up to power the vehicle themselves, as opposed to only supporting the engine.

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrid vehicles use the same combination of engine and battery-and-motor system but with a twist. These cars have larger batteries that have to be replenished by physically plugging the car into the electric grid, generally via a public charging outlet or a charger at your home. They can travel in all-electric mode for quite a distance in some cases. If you're curious about this type of vehicle, you may want to lease a Volvo XC90 hybrid.

How Does the Volvo Mild Hybrid Technology Work?

Mild hybrid vehicles, as noted above, pair their battery and motors with an internal combustion engine. The battery is not recharged externally but rather uses a process called regenerative braking to get its juice back. Regenerative braking occurs when one is slowing down — the motors attached to the battery run in reverse, providing electricity to the battery.

The Volvo mild hybrid vs. full hybrid debate is an intense one. Mild hybrid vehicles are convenient because they do not require you to change anything about how you drive. Volvo Cars has not produced any full hybrid vehicles but does have a plug-in hybrid lineup. The Volvo XC90 is a three-row SUV that is available in this configuration. It offers excellent gas mileage but does have to be recharged.

Which Volvo hybrid is the right choice for you depends on your circumstances. Luckily, the friendly staff at our dealership in Raleigh, NC, is happy to help you determine what kind of car to buy. Reach out to our friendly team today to learn more about hybrid and all-electric Volvo vehicles.

What Are the Advantages of Having a Volvo Mild Hybrid Car?

The primary advantage of purchasing a mild hybrid car is the Volvo mild hybrid gas mileage rating. The 2023 Volvo XC60 B5 with front-wheel drive, for example, is a mild hybrid SUV that gets an EPA-estimated 23/30/26 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).1 This is a great rating for a vehicle of this size and utility. Many drivers will want to consider purchasing our new Volvo XC60 for sale.

The Volvo mild hybrid MPG superiority over non-hybrid vehicles is not the only reason to consider buying one of these dynamic vehicles. Volvo automobiles are luxurious and comfortable but embrace a Scandinavian aesthetic that is refined and subtle. You won't look gaudy in Volvo vehicles; you'll look elegant. The sleek style of Volvo vehicles is unmatched. Check out our Volvo XC60 vs. Audi Q5 comparison to see that for yourself. Of course, these advantages also extend to our plug-in hybrid Volvo vehicles.

Visit our dealership in Raleigh, NC, today in order to try out a Volvo mild hybrid car. We are very excited to work with you and get you into a new fuel-efficient car that will assist you and your family in saving at the pump.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mild hybrid on a Volvo vehicle?

Mild hybrid technology pairs a battery and motor system with a traditional internal combustion engine. The electrified parts of the car support the engine as it accelerates and maintains cruising speed, increasing the vehicle's fuel efficiency. Mild hybrids are an excellent investment for this reason. To compare our various Volvo mild hybrid models, visit our dealership to talk with our team or take back-to-back test drives.

Are Volvo mild hybrid cars fuel efficient?

Mild hybrid cars from Volvo Cars are very fuel efficient. The 2023 Volvo XC60, for example, is a dynamic two-row SUV that comes standard with a mild hybrid powertrain. The B5 variant with front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 23/30/26 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).1 Numbers like that can help you save at the pump.

Which Volvo vehicles are mild hybrids?

As of the 2023 model year, the entire Volvo lineup is electrified. Some of these cars are plug-in hybrids or fully electric vehicles, but many are mild hybrids. The Volvo XC40, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC90, Volvo V90 Cross Country, Volvo S60, Volvo S90, and Volvo V60 are all mild hybrid vehicles. Some are available as plug-in hybrid Recharge models, too.


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