Volvo Cars is designing electric motors in-house


That’s right. Volvo Cars doesn’t want to source electric motors from suppliers such as Bosch or ZF. The company recently opened a brand new electric motor lab in Shanghai, China, to in-house develop motors and related components. This new lab is an addition to an ongoing e-motor development in Gothenburg, Sweden, and battery labs in China and Sweden.

Volvo Cars e-motor Lab in China

Just like a lot of carmakers these days, Volvo wants to embrace the inevitability, which is becoming a fully electric car maker at some point in the future. The motors developed in the new Shanghai lab will be used in BEVs and hybrid cars based on Volvo Cars’ forthcoming SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture.

Through in-house design and development, we can fine-tune our e-motors to even better levels. 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. – Henrik Green, CTO, Volvo Cars

The company aims for 50% of its sales to be fully electric vehicles by 2025, with the rest hybrids. By 2040, Volvo wants to become “climate-neutral” and as a first tangible step towards the same, the company aims to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40% between 2018 and 2025.

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