Volvo Puts Safety First

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Company claims their newest EV is “one of the safest on the road.”

Company claims their newest EV is “one of the safest on the road.”

When the fully electric Volvo XC40 SUV is introduced to the world next month, Volvo Cars claims that it will be one of the safest cars on the road.

“Regardless of what drives a car forward, be it an electric machine or combustion engine, a Volvo must be safe,” says Malin Ekholm, head of safety at Volvo Cars. “The fully electric XC40 will be one of the safest cars we have ever built.”

To help keep passengers safe and the battery intact in the event of a collision, Volvo developed a safety cage embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure, creating a built-in crumple zone around the battery.

In addition, the car’s body structure has not just been reinforced in the front, but also at the rear. Here, 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.

The XC40 also boasts a new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform.

Look for the XC40’s debut on October 16.

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