Volvo crash tests the C30 electric car and its 660pound battery

first_imgWith the introduction of electric cars, crash testing has to be rethought. In a conventional car with a gasoline engine mounted in the front, the crumple zones can also use the engine to help dissipate some of the energy. That’s not the case with an electric vehicle.There is no big engine block in the front of these cars, but instead there’s a very big and heavy battery system in the rear. That’s a lot of weight moving forwards, and less energy dissipation in the front. So Volvo had to re-design the crumple zones to be reinforced while ensuring the batteries and electric cabling remained stationary in the rear.AdChoices广告As the crash video above demonstrates, they managed to perfect it and produce an electric-powered C30 that performs as well as the gasoline models in a 40mph offset crash.While Volvo managed to get this crash test system working well, it’s had less than great results with collision avoidance systems. After an avoidance system fitted to an S60 malfunctioned at a press demo last year, the advanced pedestrian avoidance technology also fitted to an S60 managed to knock a dummy pedestrian to the ground.Read more at CNETlast_img

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