Volvo Group plans to build battery plant in Sweden

By Chad Elmore03 August 2022

Large-scale battery cell plant to meet growing demand for heavy-duty electric vehicles

The Volvo Group said it plans to establish a large-scale production plant for battery cells in Sweden to help the company meet a growing demand for battery electric heavy-duty vehicles and equipment.

Volvo Penta A battery-electric truck from Volvo Truck. (Illustration: Volvo Truck Corp.)

“We aim to lead the transition to a decarbonized 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 localization study has been completed, which indicated that the Skaraborg region in Sweden would be an ideal location for the plant. The proposed site in the municipality of Mariestad is situated close to the Volvo Group’s Volvo Penta engine plant in Skövde and is expected to benefit from the region’s existing industrial and logistics infrastructure. The Volvo Group’s R&D centers and headquarters in Gothenburg are two hours away.

The Volvo Group said it 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 localization will be determined after the public consultation has been conducted and operations are subject to environmental permit approvals.

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