Volvo is working towards becoming a fully electric brand and that is why it is making significant investments for the in-house design and development of electric motors for the next generation of vehicles.
The company has opened a brand-new electric motor lab in Shanghai meant for the development and testing of electric car components. This high-tech facility is the latest step towards an all-electric future as the company has also built state-of-the-art battery labs in China and Sweden and it is also working on e-motor developments in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Swedish company is taking all the necessary steps to ensure that it will be able to produce quality vehicles as the interplay between e-motors, battery and power electronics is crucial for the development of premium electric cars.
Volvo is heavily investing on these components in order to make sure that its electric vehicles will offer a top-notch experience, according to Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars.
“Through in-house design and development, we can fine-tune our e-motors to ever better levels,” he said. “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 newly opened electric motor lab in Shanghai became operational last month. It will mainly focus on electric motor development for use in fully electric and hybrid cars based on Volvo Cars’ forthcoming SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture.
The investments in e-motor design and development represent yet another step towards Volvo Cars’ goal which is that 50% of its sales to be fully electric vehicles by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Electrification is part of the company’s comprehensive climate plan, which addresses carbon emissions across all its operations and products, towards its ambition to become climate-neutral by 2040.