Firefighters Will Cut Up A Brand New Volvo XC40 Recharge In The Name Of Safety

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For the second time in a year.

Volvo is obviously a very safety-oriented brand. It's consistently ranked as one of the safest automakers out there. Now, some firefighters are going to tear up a Volvo XC40 Recharge in the name of safety. Volvo says it's donating the fully-electric SUV to the Boston Fire Department so that the department's crews can learn more about electric vehicle fires.

This isn't the first time Volvo has done this either. A nearly-identical XC40 Recharge was donated to the New York Fire Department last year - we say nearly because the XC got a mild refresh this year. Regardless, the aim here is the same as last year - to educate first responders on EV fires. These fires can be particularly nasty due to the batteries, which often don't stay put out after they've gotten crispy, in addition to the toxic nature of the battery's cells.

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Volvo says first responders need to adapt their extraction procedures to safely work around an EVs large batteries and high-voltage wiring. It's like a very dangerous game of operation. You can't just toss the jaws of life up into a car anymore- at least not without potentially zapping yourself or others. Volvo says cars like the XC40 also use "ultra-high-strength steel" in their design, which necessitates even more specialized procedures that first responders have to learn.

The Swedish brand also said the XC40 has some protections built in for first responders, and not just its occupants. An XC40 Recharge has a sort of "cage" for its battery, which contains the independently sealed and cooled battery modules. The idea there is to prevent the leaks which often lead to those incredibly dangerous fires we so often see when an EV gets toasty. Volvo also has brightly-colored casings for the car's high-voltage wires, and an easily accessible killswitch first responders can use to shut down the car.

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"As we continue to see the rise in all-electric vehicles on our roadways, it is important to give our first responders the tools they need to be able to perform their emergency procedures effectively and to keep everyone involved safe," said Eric Miller, Volvo's VP of the Northeast Region in the US.

Miller went on to say that Volvo is proud to provide the Boston FD with the XC40 Recharge so that it can continue to learn about electric vehicle safety procedures. Ideally, everything these first responders learn will be shared with other departments. Otherwise, maybe don't crash your EV outside of Boston or New York.

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