Volvo has revealed that while its products are used by a number of police organizations around the world, it will be the Swedish police that will get the first chance to use the V90 as part of its fleet. Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that this model obtained the highest rating of the driving test conducted by the Swedish police, one of the most demanding there is.
Note that compared to standard vehicles running on the road, emergency vehicles have higher requirements. Sweden in particular has a strict policy for its police cars, pretty much the same way at a workplace. Thus cars to be used by the Swedish police have to meet numerous requirements as it relates to comfort, ergonomics, quality, and clearly, performance. Specifically, a potential police car must get high ratings in an obstacle course and brake test. It also has to rate well in terms of high-speed emergency driving as well as the evasive action test both without braking and with brakes.
With regards to the tests conducted, it was revealed that the Volvo V90 achieved an overall score of 9.2 out of a maximum of 10. This is considered as the highest rating there is for a model to have undergone the test.
In the report regarding the V90, test drivers assigned by the Swedish police reveal it was difficult to find fault on the model. Its performance, which is evaluated by different components, was excellent. It exceeded expectations in terms of the powertrain, suspension, steering, traction control, and chassis. The report further said that quick maneuvering was possible even at high speeds. All told, the model is able to remove any lateral forces easily and do what is required of it.
By utilizing the V90 as a police car, the brand has managed to not only deliver that celebrated refined driving experience but also take this quality to the next level. As such, in order to make it suitable for the Swedish police, the Volvo Car Special Products team needed to make some enhancements. Both suspension and brakes for example have been improved. The chassis is not only more dynamic but even stronger. Fitted inside are all the communication equipment and the needed tools any police officer will need. All of the work was made possible in the brand’s facility located in Torslanda, Sweden, and it took a total of one week to make the change.
Volvo revealed that the Swedish police will be getting the first models during the early part of 2017. Volvo has a long history when it comes to providing the police with vehicles. In 1929 for example, the Swedish police themselves made use of a Volvo. However Volvo’s services are limited to Sweden as the brand also serves other countries like the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and the U.K. Volvo has expressed that police forces from other countries could avail of the model as well.