The Swedish police will take delivery of its first V90 police cars in early 2017.
The car was put through a series of demanding tests in order to qualify for service with the police force. The Swedish police car test focuses on five areas: a brake test, an obstacle course, evasive action tests with and without breaking, and high-speed emergency driving. The overall score for the V90 was 9.2 out of 10, the highest rating ever achieved by any car in this demanding test, according to the automaker.
On top of that, unlike in many other countries, in Sweden, the police car is considered a workplace. This means any car has to meet very strict demands in areas such as performance, comfort, quality and ergonomics in order to qualify as a police car, according to Volvo.
While the Swedish police will be the first to start using the V90, according to Volvo, the automaker sells its police cars in other countries as well. Other police forces in recent years that have used Volvos include Norway, Italy, the UK, and the Netherlands. The V90 will be made available to any interested police forces around the globe.
To transform the V90 into a suitable emergency vehicle, the Volvo Car Special Products department further developed the car to meet the specific demands of police forces, according to the automaker.
For instance, the chassis is made stronger and more dynamic, the brakes and suspension are improved and the car is fully equipped with all necessary tools and communication equipment. It takes about a week to transform a standard V90 into a police car at Volvo Cars’ special manufacturing facility in Torslanda, Sweden, according to the automaker.