Volvo is lastly prepared to introduce its initial series-created electric car or truck following spending years testing and creating the technologies. The EV will be primarily based on the current XC40, so it will not be a standalone model. It is scheduled to make its debut in October 2019, and the corporation released preliminary specifications to give us an concept of what to count on from it.
Beginning with an current platform has pros and cons. The frequent, gasoline-powered XC40 is currently a single of the safest vehicles in its category thanks in component to its internal combustion engine. It is mounted suitable in front of the car or truck, so it absorbs power in the course of a front-finish crash. The battery-powered model evidently does not have a 4-cylinder crumple zone, so Volvo absolutely redesigned the front structure to reach the higher level of security its prospects count on.
Adding a massive, lithium-ion battery pack beneath the passenger compartment presents a challenge from a security viewpoint, also. Like a fuel tank, the pack wants to be protected from impacts mainly because it is flammable. Volvo explained it welded an aluminum security cage about the battery to absorb power in the course of a crash, and to assure the battery pack does not get punctured or otherwise broken. As a bonus, stuffing the battery pack — which is a single of the heaviest components of the car or truck — beneath the passenger compartment lowers the center of gravity, and reduces the likelihood of a rollover.
Welding additional metal about important elements is not sufficient to make a car or truck protected. Safeguarding the occupants also calls for a massive quantity of hardware and application, so the electric XC40 will inaugurate an sophisticated driver help systems platform created jointly by Volvo and Zenuity. It relies on an armada of radars, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors to scope out the road ahead, warn the driver if it detects a risky circumstance, and do its greatest to prevent it if probable. The platform is scalable, according to Volvo, and it will be upgraded with additional capabilities as technologies progresses.
Volvo pledged to release more info about the battery-powered XC40 in the coming weeks. We’ll uncover out whether or not it appears like its gasoline-powered sibling, which the corporation affectionately described as a challenging tiny robot, and what sort of technologies it is packed with. The car or truck is scheduled to make its debut on October 16, and it will go on sale shortly following. Pricing info and American availability will be announced in the weeks major up to its on-sale date.