Volvo teases all-electric XC40 ahead of October debut
The EV's chassis integrates a crumple zone around the battery.
Volvo has released a teaser for the upcoming XC40 EV, the brand's first fully electric model.
Teaser photos show the SUV's lower chassis structure, revealing EV-specific changes to the company's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. The plug-in hybrid integrates a battery inside the central tunnel, while the EV appears to add additional modules under the floor and rear seats.
The automaker promises the electric XC40 will be one of the safest cars it has ever built. The battery is surrounded by an extruded aluminum safety cage that doubles as a crumple zone. The crossover is also less prone to rollovers, thanks to a lower center of gravity.
The EV will also introduced a new sensor suite with cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors to support advanced driver-assistance systems and eventually autonomous driving.
More details will be released in the weeks before the XC40 EV's official debut on October 16.