Volvo Donates XC40 Recharge to New York Fire Department for Training Purposes

Volvo USA has donated an XC40 Recharge electric crossover to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), which will be used by first responders for training purposes, to better understand how these vehicles work.
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Due to their construction that features a large primary battery and high-voltage wiring, electric cars need to be approached differently by emergency services in the event of an accident.

For instance, first responders have to know where they should attempt to cut in order to free trapped occupants, and the XC40 Recharge will help them practice quick and safe extrication procedures.

Present at the handover event, alongside Volvo USA’s President and CEO, Anders Gustafsson, and VP of the Northeast Region, Eric Miller, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro thanked the Swedish automaker for the donation.

With the number of electric vehicles on the road growing each day, it’s critical that FDNY members have the ability to train on extrications, fires, and other potential incidents involving them. Thanks to the FDNY Foundation’s support and this generous donation from Volvo, our members will be even better trained and more prepared to respond to these incidents, and continue to bravely protect New Yorkers.

The XC40 Recharge boasts, like all modern Volvos, cutting-edge active and passive safety systems. Besides these, the battery is safely caged in, and the cooled modules are independently sealed. This prevents damage and potential leaks, while the brightly colored high-voltage wiring prevents unintentional contact. Moreover, there is an easily accessible deactivation switch that shuts down all high-voltage power.

The 2021 XC40 Recharge has an MSRP of $53,990 in the United States. With a pure electric 402 HP and 486 lb-ft (659 Nm) of torque, and all-wheel drive, it needs 4.7 seconds to complete the 0 to 60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint. The EPA estimated driving range on a full charge is 208 miles (335 km), and the battery can be juiced up to 80% in 40 minutes.
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