Hard to fault, the mighty seven-seat Volvo XC90 is an almost perfect full-size SUV. It is the Swedish brand’s intention to electrify their whole range over time and the XC90 T8 Hybrid shows the company mean business. With the usual prestige standard of build quality and outstanding safety, this is the greenest version of the XC90 available. A 2.0L petrol engine is augmented by an electric motor, working independently or in tandem with three modes: pure, hybrid, and power. Drive in soothing silence or, with a simple turn of the scroll wheel, savour rush of high performance that defies the conventions of electric cars. As with any electric car, owning the right charging cables means a recharge or top-up is available everywhere.
Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid PHEV Charging Cable FAQs
I’m concerned about emissions?
No need to worry on that score. The T8’s 52g/km CO² emissions mean a low BiK company-car tax rating and exemption, for example, from the London Congestion Charge.
Is the Outlander PHEV economical?
Not too bad for such a big heavy vehicle. It comes with a comprehensive hybrid system which means the car can be driven for twenty-five miles on electric power alone. Combined with the petrol engine it could better 100mpg driven carefully. That means many local journeys can be accomplished on EV power alone. By making sure to take the charging cable along owners can top-up at one of the public charging points springing up at shopping centres.
How do I charge a XC90 PHEV?
The battery can be charged via a standard UK wall socket or dedicated wall charger. Quick chargers are increasingly to be found at supermarkets and on garage forecourts. This car uses a Type 2 charging standard, which is used for all charging requirements. See our specifications above.
This is a big heavy car and common sense dictates that it will not be as economical as lesser vehicles. It can get a bit thirsty on a longer run while the car is storing electricity on the move. This can be mitigated by stopping at a charging point now and again. Drivers planning to tow with the T8 should note that its maximum braked-trailer towing weight is 2,400kg. Finally, the Volvo XC90 range starts at £40,000 and the T8 sits at the top of the price list so not a cheap motor. This model has been around for a while though and pre-owned units are readily available. Just make sure the charging cable is with the vehicle and is in good condition. If it doubt buy a new cable online.