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Volvo starts EV testing

Volvo has announced that it is conducting advanced analysis and research to ensure future electric powered cars meet the very highest safety standards. The project includes such tests as advanced monitoring of battery status by enclosing the battery and protecting it effectively in a collision.
According to the Swedish car maker, its engineers have identified all the electric-related safety scenarios in the stages before, during and after a collision. The next step is for Volvo engineers to create solutions for handling each and every situation identified, thus guaranteeing that all future electric cars fully match Volvo's safety standards in every respect.
"A holistic approach and results from real-life traffic conditions are always the starting-point for Volvo's safety work,” explains Volvo Cars' safety expert, Thomas Broberg. “Based on our massive database featuring input from actual road accidents, we know where the focus must lie in everyday traffic conditions. The solutions we have developed for our forthcoming electric cars therefore take into account the situations that are unique to this type of car."
Volvo's safety tests take place in several different stages. First at component level, then for whole systems and finally the complete car is safety-tested, both virtually on computers, and physically in Volvo's crash-test center. "At present we are conducting tests at component level to see how the battery is affected by harsh braking and the subsequent collision, examining the results from several different angles. We are also carrying out, for the first time, advanced crash tests in full scale to evaluate the technology in electrically powered cars," revealed Broberg.
"We may well see further down the line that cars powered solely by electricity can be made even safer than cars with combustion engines. We like to see electrification technology as an exciting challenge - even from the safety viewpoint."
“When Volvo analyzes safety scenarios on the basis of actual traffic situations, the engineers use a model that illustrates the sequence of events in a real-life road accident. The whole process is divided into five phases: from the normal driving situation to after the accident has occurred. Based on these five phases, Volvo develops new safety solutions and improves existing ones.”

20 October 2009


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