Hats off to Volvo
the driver fails to react. ‘‘ In cases in which it cannot help the driver entirely avoid the collision, the system will slow the car sufficiently to help reduce the force of impact and thus of serious injuries,’’ Eidehall says.
In an impact with a moose, there is a relatively high risk of personal injury since it is common for the animal to end up on or roll across the front of the car and its windscreen.’’
Volvo Australia’s Jaedene Hudson says the brand’s accident avoidance technology would be beneficial here.
In Australia, kangaroos and wombats cause the most damage in (animal) traffic accidents,’’ she says.
Volvo has also indicated that there may be an opportunity to visit Australia to test the technology on our wildlife.’’
The Australian Veterinary Association’s statistics show more than 5 per cent of serious road accidents are caused by animal strike, with unreported accidents likely to be higher.
In NSW, there are more than 9000 serious accidents a year involving animal strikes.
Meanwhile Volvo’s C30 Electric car is ready for fleet and government lease customers in Europe.
At least 250 of the plug-in electric cars will be built by the end of next year. Real-world testing included duties as a family’s car as part of the ‘‘ One Tonne Life’’ project.
The C30 Electric, built alongside its petrol-powered siblings, can be recharged in seven hours using a standard household power point.
The C30 can cover up to 150km from a full charge, reach 50km/h in four seconds and attain 130km/h.
Volvo says the electric drivetrain fits into much of the petrol-powered car’s existing structure and doesn’t eat into the luggage space, an issue that confronts many hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles.
Hudson says the little hatch is on the wishlist for Australia.
‘‘ We’ve seen the initial information and have expressed interest in the C30 Electric. The next stage will be . . . a business case to see if the car will be viable in our market,’’ she says.
Switched on: Volvo’s C30 Electric plugs into the home
power point to ‘‘refuel’’
Moose friendly: Animal strikes figure heavily in Sweden’s accident tally