Volvo Cars is launching its first fully electric car XC40 SUV next month. The company claims this will be one of the safest cars on the road, despite a fresh set of challenges presented by the absence of an internal combustion engine.
Though Volvo Cars will reveal more details about the fully electric XC40 in the coming weeks and it will be first shown to the public on October 16, the company through a Press Release has informed that its safety engineers have completely redesigned and reinforced the frontal structure to deal with the absence of an engine.
The company claims that car builds on the excellent safety standards of the original XC40, and meets Volvo Cars’ high safety requirements. It has also developed a new and unique safety structure for passengers and battery alike in the XC40.
To help keep passengers safe and the battery intact in the event of a collision, the battery is protected by a safety cage which consists of a frame of extruded aluminum and has been embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure, creating a built-in crumple zone around the battery. The battery’s placement in the floor of the car also has the benefit of lowering the center of gravity of the car, for better protection against roll-overs.
The company further informed that the electric powertrain has been integrated in the body structure to realise a better distribution of collision forces away from the cabin and reduce the strain on people inside the car. It also has a new ADAS platform which a modern, scalable active safety system that consists of an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. Because of its scalable nature, the company said, it can easily be developed further and lays the foundation for the future introduction of autonomous drive technology.
Source: Press Release