Volvo has announced its first-ever full-electric car as a brand (remember their sub-brand Polestar got there first). The XC40 will be the company’s first EV and is said to be one of its safest car ever. It will carry some interesting challenges for the designers and engineers, simply because it will not have that front engine whose bay usually works as a buffer in case of front collisions for example.

“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.” The battery – located under the floor – is protected by a safety cage which consists of a frame of extruded aluminium and has been embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure, creating a built-in crumple zone around the battery. The battery’s placement also lowers the car’s centre of gravity for better performance and safety.

These pics show the car’s underpinnings without the body. Volvo says it will start selling it in 2020, but currently has no plans to bring it to Mzansi yet. Thankfully we will be able to see it for the first time next month (October) when it is revealed.

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