Volvo Group to establish battery plant in Sweden

In News, Volvo2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineAugust 5, 2022

Volvo Group has initiated the process to establish a large-scale production plant for battery cells in Sweden in order to meet the growing demand for battery electric heavy-duty vehicles and machines.

“We aim to lead the transition to a decarbonised transport system and have the long-term ambition to offer our customers solutions that are 100% fossil free,” said Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of the Volvo Group.

“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. 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. We aim to do this together with partners and the journey starts now.”

An extensive site localisation study has been done, which indicates that the Skaraborg region in Sweden is an ideal location for the plant. The proposed site in the municipality of Mariestad is situated close to the Volvo Group’s current main powertrain plant in Skövde, and will benefit from the region’s existing industrial and logistics infrastructure and build on a strong heritage and competence in advanced, high-volume manufacturing, while having access to Sweden’s rich supply of fossil free energy. The Volvo Group’s R&D centers and headquarters in Gothenburg are two hours away.

The Volvo Group plans to gradually increase capacity and reach large-scale series production by 2030. The battery cells will be designed specifically for commercial vehicle applications, supporting the global roll-out of electric trucks, buses, construction equipment and electric drivelines for different applications.

Establishment of the production site is subject to approvals from relevant authorities. The final localisation will be determined after the public consultation has been conducted and operations are subject to environmental permit approvals.