Volvo Cars in collaboration to establish a mobility innovation centre for emerging technologies

Posted 11 March 2024

Volvo Cars in collaboration to establish a mobility innovation centre for emerging technologies

The upcoming Mobility Innovation Destination Torslanda is a tailored test bed of automotive development near the heart of our operations in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

This initiative continues our electrification journey and advancement of our next generation of premium electric cars, and is a recommitment to our hometown of nearly one hundred years. 

The innovation centre will allow us to test emerging technologies in an environment designed to emulate the future society that we envision our cars to be part of. So rather than developing technologies like wireless car charging, vehicle-to-grid bi-directional charging and self-driving capabilities solely in labs and development centres, we will also be able to test, validate and deploy our innovations in a city-like environment.

Alongside new buildings and facilities for testing, engineering and materials, we plan to expand the Volvo Cars’ campus in Torslanda, Gothenburg, to house start-ups and business partners.

“With this initiative we aim to create an ecosystem where we can develop the future of mobility – including cars, the technology inside of them and the infrastructure around them, all hand in hand,” says Jim Rowan, chief executive of Volvo Cars. “Our ambition is to pioneer technology, attract global talent and connect with other cutting-edge businesses.” 

The next step in creating the new Mobility Innovation Destination Torslanda is to construct buildings to house modern offices just across the road from our existing campus. Construction will proceed with a cost-effective collaboration between Volvo Cars and real estate developers Vectura Fastigheter and Next Step Group.

The additions will also be crucial to fulfil our ongoing strategic ambitions to be fully electric by 2030 and an industry leader in new technology and sustainable mobility.  

The project's sustainability targets are ambitious. The first new construction of 25,000 square meters will be dedicated for Volvo Cars' sole use and is a wood hybrid, which reduces the carbon footprint by 15 percent compared to a traditional frame of steel and concrete. The construction is planned to start in the second quarter of 2024 and the first building is expected to be finished by 2026, in time for Volvo Cars’ one-hundred-year anniversary in 2027.

Current plans also involve our campus to be included in an expansion of the Gothenburg Green City Zone initiative. This zone covers the area where the city of Gothenburg together with Volvo Cars and additional businesses, researchers and others can test new technology for both vehicles and infrastructure with the aim of achieving emission-free transport by 2030. 

With this initiative, we aim to enhance our connection to other mobility innovation nodes around the city and add even more engineering capabilities to our Gothenburg campus. 

Together with a recently opened software test centre, the area has a strong engineering presence including a manufacturing plant, design centre and test and development facilities including a pilot plant, battery lab, wind tunnels, safety centre with crash test labs. A new battery plant by Novo, our joint venture with Northvolt, is also under construction. In 2022, Volvo Cars also announced that we will invest SEK 10bn in our Torslanda plant for next-generation fully electric car production, including the introduction of mega casting of aluminium body parts, a new battery assembly plant and fully refurbished paint and final assembly shops.