Volvo Penta eyes 2021 for electric power drivelines

By |  June 15, 2018

Volvo Penta chief technology officer Johan Carlsson, left, and system engineer Karin Åkman discuss innovation for electromobility at the company’s new development-and-test laboratory in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta has a vision for the future, and it involves hybrid and all-electric drivelines.

The company plans to provide electric power solutions for its land and sea-based business segments by 2021.

“Volvo Penta is embracing the electric transformation and will be at the forefront in delivering compelling business cases to customers using this new technology,” says Björn Ingemanson, president of Volvo Penta. “We will take a full systems supplier approach, helping our customers in the transition to the new technology. This will happen application by application, on the basis that the business case for switching to electric will differ across our many customer segments.”

Volvo Penta even restructured its organization to accelerate the switch toward electric power. It invested more in its electrification program, which includes the construction of an electromobility development-and-test laboratory at its Swedish headquarters.

“This is the start of a long-term transition,” Ingemanson says. “Diesel- and gasoline-powered primary drive systems will remain the most appropriate power source for many applications for years to come.”

Volvo Penta, part of the Volvo Group, has about 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries.

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