Hats off to Volvo

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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

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