Volvo announced the start of sales of the first all-electric SUV XC40September 25, 2019
Progress in the automotive industry does not stand still – for the first time in more than 100 years, cars move without a gas or diesel engine and have a battery in the floor. And the Swedish brand is not far behind.
With the advent of the all-electric Volvo XC40 SUV next month, the company not only launches its first all-electric car, but also introduces one of the safest cars.
“No matter what the car drives forward, whether it be an electric power plant or an internal combustion engine, the owner of Volvo must be safe. The all-electric XC40 will be one of the safest cars we have ever made, ”said Malin Ekholm, Volvo Cars security manager.
Based on the superior safety standards of the base XC40, Volvo Cars ‘safety engineers had to completely redo and reinforce the front of the car to compensate for the lack of engine, meet Volvo Cars’ high safety standards, and help ensure passenger safety is the same as with any other car brand.
“The safety principles are the same as any other Volvo. There are people inside, and the car should be designed so that it is safe for them, ”the brand’s press release says.
To ensure passenger safety and battery safety in the event of a collision, Volvo Cars has also developed a unique new design for the passenger and battery compartment in the XC40. The battery is protected by a safety cage, which consists of an extruded aluminum frame and is built into the middle of the car body, creating a crease zone around the battery.
Placing the battery on the floor of the car also helps lower the center of gravity for better protection against tipping over.
Meanwhile, the body structure of the electric version of the Volvo XC40 has been reinforced not only in the front, but also in the back. Here, the electric power plant was integrated into the body structure in order to better distribute the impact force from the cab and reduce the load on people inside the car.
For active safety systems, the environmentally friendly version of the XC40 also introduces new technology. This is the first Volvo model to feature Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with software developed by Zenuity, a joint venture owned by Volvo Cars and Veoneer.
ADAS is a state-of-the-art, scalable active safety system that consists of many radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. Due to its scalable nature, it can easily evolve further and lays the foundation for the future introduction of autonomous drive technology.
The official debut of the new items should take place on October 16, but the company promised that this day they will publish more detailed information about the new electric crossover.
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