Volvo moves electric motor development in house

3rd Nov 2020 Danny Morgan

Volvo has brought development of electric motor technology in house as it continues its transition to become a fully electric car maker.

As part of the move, Volve says it has made significant investments in the in-house design and development of electric motors for its next generation of Volvo models.

It has just opened a new electric motor laboratory in Shanghai, China, where it will focus on research, development and testing of new electric car components.

The new lab joins existing “e-motor” facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden and battery labs in China and Sweden.

The move aims to optimise electric motors to be used in Volvo vehicles and will allow Volvo engineers to make further efficiency gains.

“Through in-house design and development, we can fine-tune our e-motors to ever better levels,” said Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. “By constantly improving their overall performance levels in terms of energy efficiency and comfort, we create an electric driving experience that is unique to Volvo.”

The move towards in-house development is part of Volvo Cars’ overall climate neutral strategy, which aims to have to have 50% of sales to be fully electric vehicles by 2025 and the rest hybrids.

Furthermore, the company plans to be climate neutral by 2040 by not only tackling tailpipe emissions but also carbon emissions throughout manufacturing, supply chain operations and by recycling or reusing materials.

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