Volvo to build battery plant as it signals electric ambitions

Swedish car and truck manufacturer Volvo Group plans to establish a large-scale production plant for battery cells in the country as it moves towards a 2030 emissions target, the company said.

“There is a strong demand from our customers already today, and by 2030, it is our ambition that at least 35% of the products we sell are electric,” CEO Martin Lundstedt said in a statement.

“This ramp-up will require large volumes of high-performing batteries, produced using fossil free energy and it is a logical next step for us to include battery production in our future industrial footprint.”

The batteries will be tailored to commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses, construction equipment and other electric drivelines.

The development of a production site in Sweden’s Skaraborg region will be done together with partners, the company said.

In June, Volvo Construction Equipment began to test the world’s first hydrogen powered articulated hauler.

Articulated haulers are large, heavy-duty dump trucks used to carry bulky loads over rough terrain and occasionally on public roads. They feature a swivel joint, so they are able to move in order to keep the cab stable.

Volvo’s HX04 articulated hauler, which is the result of a research project that started in 2018, is charged with 12 kg of hydrogen in around 7.5 minutes, which enables it to operate for around four hours.

Hydrogen charging infrastructure is still in development, but Shell has installed a hydrogen refuelling station at the Volvo CE test track in Braås, Sweden, where Volvo has manufactured articulated haulers since 1966.

Volvo’s HX04 articulated hauler, which is the result of a research project that started in 2018, is charged with 12 kg of hydrogen in around 7.5 minutes, which enables it to operate for around four hours.

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