Volvo has released the first teaser photos of its first electric car, the electric XC40 SUV, which is going to debut next month.
Volvo says that the fully electric XC40 will also be “one of the safest cars on the road, despite a fresh set of challenges presented by the absence of an internal combustion engine.”
“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.”
For one, Volvo’s engineers had to completely redesign and reinforce the frontal structure to deal with the absence of an engine. To help keep passengers safe and the battery intact in the event of a collision, Volvo also developed a new safety structure. 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 electric XC40 is also the first Volvo model equipped with a new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems sensor platform with software developed by Zenuity. The new ADAS platform is a modern, scalable active safety system that consists of an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. The ADAS platform also lays the foundation for the future introduction of autonomous drive technology.
Volvo hasn’t announced any specs for the electric XC40, but it will have its public debut on October 16.