Volvo to Expand its Battery Production Capabilities

Volvo Group has announced its truck plant in Ghent, Belgium will start to produce battery modules from 2025 as it moves to seize control of its battery supplies

At the moment the Group’s products are supplied cells and modules by existing supply partners. So, this decision is seen as an important step for the automaker to have total control of its battery systems logistics in Europe. The investment estimate for this first step of module manufacturing is €75M ($74.3M). However, to begin with, the battery module manufacturing line in Ghent will still be able to use battery cells both from partners and from the planned battery cell plant in Sweden.

The automaker’s truck assembly plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, is already building heavy-duty electric trucks as the first global manufacturer in the world. In the second half of 2023 the plant in Ghent will also start to produce battery electric heavy-duty trucks. The battery packs needed to power these electric trucks are built in the Ghent plant. The group’s ambition is that at least 35% of the vehicles sold worldwide will be electric by 2030.

Jens Holtinger, executive vice-president Volvo Group Trucks Operations, said: “We have  started the investment process to establish battery module manufacturing in Ghent. The building is expected to be 12,000sqm and be located at the Volvo Group manufacturing site. The new high-tech module factory will consist of an almost fully automated process with robots. This means that employees with the necessary competences will be recruited, both externally and by building on our internal competences.”

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

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