Volvo is well known in the automotive world for its safety record. In fact, Volvo is so concerned with safety that it is driving towards a future goal of having no fatalities or casualties in any of its cars by 2050. 

So what happens when you combine Volvo’s legendary safety record with its very first all-electric car, the C30 Electric?  

Back in January, we saw first hand how Volvo protected the C30 Electric’s sensitive lithium-ion battery pack, drivetrain and passengers with a newly designed energy-absorbing substructure in the C30’s under-hood area. 

For sure, the front-end crashed C30 proved Vovlo had transferred its safety-conscious ways from its gasoline cars to electric, but what does a crashed Volvo look like just after it has been smashed into at Volvo’s multi-million dollar test facility in Gothenburg, Sweden? 

What follows is a short video explanation by Volvo’s Senior Manager for Safety Strategies and Requirements Jan Ivarsson into how Volvo aims to protect occupants in the C30 Electric after testing with one of the most severe of all crash tests: the side pole impact that caused the 2011 Mitsubishi i-Miev so much grief in the NCAP Euro tests earlier this month.