Volvo US donated the all-electric XC40 Recharge to the New York City Fire Department to help develop a post-accident plan involving the safety of battery electric vehicles (EVVs).
After an accident, one of the most important tasks of emergency services is to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers of vehicles. While FDNY has been saving lives for decades in vehicles powered by traditional internal combustion engines, the rise in popularity of electric vehicles poses new challenges. BEVS are equipped with a large primary battery and high voltage wiring, which can run in places where ambulances must try to enter the vehicle. In addition, a car with as much heavy-duty steel as the Volvo XC40 requires special opening procedures.
The New York Fire Department will use the donated vehicle to develop a new training algorithm and protocol when it comes to battery-powered vehicles to both quickly and safely evacuate passengers and keep employees safe ambulance.