Volvo Cars is set to launch a pioneering initiative with the creation of a mobility innovation center in Torslanda, near Gothenburg, aimed at driving automotive development through real-world testing of cutting-edge technologies.
The facility, named the ‘Mobility Innovation Destination Torslanda,' is envisioned as a tailored test field for automotive innovation, strategically located near Volvo's headquarters in Gothenburg. Departing from conventional development centers primarily focused on laboratory testing, Volvo intends to validate technologies like wireless and bidirectional charging of electric cars and autonomous driving in a city-like setting. These endeavors are expected to significantly influence the forthcoming generation of Volvo's premium electric vehicles.
Aligned with the Gothenburg Green City Zone initiative, Volvo plans to integrate the campus with the city's efforts to trial new technologies for achieving emission-free transportation by 2030, in collaboration with various stakeholders including the city, researchers, and other corporations.
In addition to constructing new buildings and facilities for testing technology and materials, Volvo Cars aims to open its Torslanda campus to start-ups and business partners, fostering collaboration and innovation in the mobility sector.
Jim Rowan, Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, articulated the initiative's vision to create an ecosystem for shaping the future of mobility, encompassing cars, technology, and infrastructure. Rowan stated, “Our ambition is to pioneer technology, attract global talent, and connect with other cutting-edge businesses.”
This ambitious venture comes following Volvo Cars' recent partnership with Northvolt to establish a joint battery cell factory in Gothenburg, scheduled to commence operations in 2026. With a potential annual capacity of up to 50 GWh and an anticipated employment of over 3,000 individuals, the factory signifies a significant stride towards sustainable battery production in Sweden.