Swedish brand wants to prove the safety capabilities of its electric car. The crashed C30 electric car shows how the high-voltage batteries and cables remain intact after a collision.

Volvo has put on display at its stand at the Detroit auto show a crashed car.

More than that, it's a crashed electric car, the Volvo C30 EV.

"We are the first car maker in the world to show what a truly safe electric car looks like after a crash," said Volvo Cars CEO Stefan Jacoby.

Clearly playing to its strengths, given its reputation for safety, Volvo wanted to show how the C30 electric car's high-voltage batteries and cables remain undamaged in the event of a collision. The danger is, of course, of an electrical mishap in the event of a crash where the high-voltage cables can pose a threat to passengers and rescue personnel.

The C30 electric car was subject to a 64 km/h (40 mph) off-set frontal collision test. The test proves how the key electrical components of the car remain intact.

"We believe that not everyone that [is] now launching or is in the process of launching electric cars are approaching the safety challenges as we are. But Volvo will never compromise on its stringent safety demands," Jacoby said.

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