Volvo redesigned the battery-powered XC40 for added safety.
Volvo said the frontal structure of the battery-powered version its XC40 has been completely redesigned and reinforced because the new version of compact crossover no longer will have an engine.
The changes include putting the car’s lithium ion battery in a safety cage that consists of a frame of extruded aluminum. In addition, the battery has been embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure, creating a built-in crumple zone around it.
The XC40’s electric powertrain has also been integrated in the rear portion of the car’s body structure to better distribute collision forces away from the cabin and reduce the strain on people inside the car if there is an accident.
While the XC40 leads Volvo’s entry into the battery-driven era, it is actually the second full-electric vehicle from the Volvo Car Group. The first was the Polestar 2, which the group’s electrified performance brand debuted in February and revealed to the public a month later at the Geneva auto show.
Both full-electric vehicles will be on the road by 2020.
In addition, both models use the CMA underpinnings that Volvo developed with Chinese sister brand Geely. CMA also underpins the 01, 02 and 03 from Lynk & CO.
“Volvo makes safety-focused tweaks to electric XC40” was originally published at Automotive News on 9/26/19.
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