Sweden invests EUR 100 million in electromobility testbed
A new testbed for electromobility is being established in Gothenburg by RISE (Research Insitutes of Sweden) and Chalmers University of Technology. In total around EUR 100 million (SEK 1 billion) will be invested, with contributions coming from the Swedish government and industrial partners CEVT, Scania, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.
The testbed, Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL), will be located in the Lindholmen area of Gothenburg.
RISE and Chalmers will build and own the facility jointly, with industry as the customer base.
"SEEL is unique in terms of the close collaboration that will take place between industry, institutes and academia. It has all the potential to become a world-leading electromobility testing facility," said RISE CEO Pia Sandvik in a press release.
The aim of the new testbed is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish automotive industry, to help Sweden remain at the forefront of innovations in the transport sector, and to accelerate the shift towards a fossil-free Swedish society.
SEEL will provide testing for all the different areas of electrified transport. For example, electrified gearboxes and driveshafts for different types of vehicles, drivetrain and component testing for hybrids and electric vehicles, as well as charging and smart power management. Even the marine and aviation sectors are expected to be able to make use of the testbed.
In connection to the announcement of the new testbed, Paul Welander, Senior Vice President at Volvo Cars, said:
“Volvo Cars’ ambitious electrification strategy means that SEEL will be an important tool when developing and verifying the new technologies we are planning for the coming years.”
Commenting on SEEL, Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Group, said:
“We have started with buses and our first electric trucks, but much more research and development is required. SEEL will help us – and Sweden – to remain a leader in the development of vehicles and systems for climate-neutral transport."
The different parts of the testbed will come into use as they become ready. The lab is expected to be fully operational by 2022.
Did you know...
Gothenburg recently launched Testbed Gothenburg, a strategic initiative encompassing the entire city in order to gear up its capacity for innovation and testing in order to proactively address tomorrow's challenges.