The all-electric version of the Volvo XC40 will be presented in October. The Swedish automobile manufacturer is presenting its first all-electric car based on the compact premium SUV. Volvo promises to take one of the safest cars on the road by taking appropriate measures. According to the manufacturer, the battery is protected by a safety cage, which consists of a frame made of extruded aluminum and is embedded in the center of the body structure.
For Volvo, following the announcements from 2017, the next step will be to say goodbye to the diesel engine. The entry into the construction of electric cars starts with the introduction of the all-electric Volvo XC40. The design relies on protective measures for the high-voltage battery in the core of the vehicle floor.
“Whether with an electric machine or a combustion engine, a Volvo has to be safe,” is the official statement from Malin Ekholm, Head of Safety at Volvo Cars. "The all-electric Volvo XC40 will be one of the safest vehicles we've ever built."
Building on the safety standards of the conventionally powered Volvo XC40, the Volvo engineers had to completely redesign and reinforce the front structure in order to compensate for the omission of the internal combustion engine, to meet the high Volvo requirements and to transport the occupants as safely as in any other Volvo.
New safety standards for the XC40
To ensure the safety of passengers and the integrity of the battery in the event of a collision, Volvo Cars has developed a new and unique safety structure for the fully electric Volvo XC40. The battery is protected by a safety cage, which consists of a frame made of extruded aluminum and is embedded in the center of the body structure. This creates a crumple zone around the battery. Placing the battery in the vehicle floor also has the advantage that the vehicle's center of gravity drops, which in turn reduces the risk of a rollover.
At the same time, Volvo has also strengthened the body structure of the vehicle. The electric powertrain has been integrated into the body structure to better direct the forces involved in an accident away from the cab, thus reducing the strain on people in the vehicle.
The battery-electric Volvo XC40 is also introducing new technology in the area of active safety systems. The compact premium SUV is the first Volvo model to feature the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform, which uses software developed by Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer. The new ADAS platform combines several cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors. Due to its scalability, it can also be further developed without any problems and thus forms the basis for future autonomous driving technology.
Further details on the all-electric Volvo XC40 will be announced in the coming weeks. The first all-electric Volvo will be presented on October 16, 2019.
Sources and images: Volvo Cars
Cover picture: The Volvo XC40 gets a fully electric offshoot - Copyright Volvo Cars
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