Volvo will power electric vehicles with advanced proprietary engines
Volvo Cars have opened a new electric motor laboratory in Shanghai, China, with advanced powertrains for use in all-electric and hybrid vehicles.
As a reminder, Volvo is pursuing an ambitious electrification strategy for its lineup. It is estimated that in 2025, 50% of the company’s global sales will be electric vehicles, the rest – hybrids.
Investing in in-house design and development of electric motors will help Volvo optimize the electric power platform, increasing its performance and efficiency.
“ Taking on the role of ICEs in the automotive industry, electric motors are one of the main components of electric vehicles, along with batteries and power electronics. Collaboration across these three areas is critical in creating premium electric cars, ”says Volvo.
The new laboratory will complement existing electric motor development facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as state-of-the-art battery manufacturing centers in China and Sweden.
The self-developed electric motors will be part of the future modular architecture of the Volvo SPA2, which will be released in the early 2020s. The new generation of electric vehicles is expected to provide even higher levels of comfort and driving safety with zero emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere.