By Gayane Melikyan
Electric Volvo XC40 will be One of the Safest Models
Volvo has announced the date of the public premiere of its first production electric car - the XC40 SUV. (The experience with the C30 Electric hatchback has not been forgotten, but that car was produced in small batches.) So, on October 16, the brand will enter a new era. It's not just about “batteries.” The novelty is declared as "one of the safest cars on the road" and "one of the safest ever produced by Volvo."
The all-electric version of the XC40 will differ from its counterparts not only in the drive parts. The disappearance of the internal combustion engine and conventional transmission in the front entailed the need for a restructuring of the power structure of the body. It was further strengthened so that the electric car could cope with shocks no worse than a gasoline or diesel counterpart, or maybe better than them.
Changes include improvements to the engine compartment, as well as a special frame for the traction battery. This frame is made of extruded aluminum and is equipped with deformation zones to protect the traction battery in case of an accident. In addition, the details of the electric transmission were integrated into the body in such a way as to participate in the distribution of loads in a collision.
Even when only the CMA platform was shown on the example of the concept 40.1, foreshadowing the XC40, the developers said that it was designed for both conventional power plants, and for hybrids, and fully electric variations of the models. The first-born was the Polestar 2 electric fastback. Its output in 408 hp and 660 N • m (two electric motors in total) is unlikely to be repeated by the XC40. An impressive Polestar 2 battery of 78 kWh is also in question, although the two soplatform models differ only by 33 mm in terms of wheelbase.
the XC40 will be the first Volvo model to receive the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) touch platform with software developed by Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer. The Swedes say that the new version of ADAS is a scalable active safety system that includes many radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. It contains the possibility of further development up to autonomous movement.