Volvo Plans In-House Electric Motor Production

Volvo has opened its own electric motor research and development facility as part of its strategy to become a 100% electric car manufacturer.

The electric motor laboratory in Shanghai, China, is the latest addition to its global network of facilities for the development and testing of electric car components. It comes in addition to ongoing e-motor development in Gothenburg, Sweden, will work in tandem with its battery labs in both countries.

The Shanghai lab will mainly focus on electric motor development for use in fully electric and hybrid cars based on Volvo Cars’ forthcoming SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture. Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo, said: “Through in-house design and development, we can fine-tune our e-motors to ever 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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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