Volvo Penta has revealed that by 2021 it will provide electrified power solutions for both its land and sea-based business segments.
Volvo Penta’s chief technology officer, Johan Inden, and system engineer, Karin Åkman, discuss innovation for electromobility
“Volvo Penta is embracing the electric transformation and will be at the forefront in delivering compelling business cases to customers using this new technology,” said 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. This is the start of a long-term transition.
”Diesel and gasoline-powered primary drive systems will remain the most appropriate power source for many applications for years to come.”
As part of this increased commitment, Volvo Penta has restructured its organisation to accelerate the switch towards electrified power and has increased committed to its electrification investment program. An electromobility development and test laboratory has also been established at its Swedish headquarters.
While the power outputs and applications of the initial electric systems are being kept confidential for the time being, the company has announced that both hybrid and all-electric solutions will be offered at the outset. Volvo Penta is already field testing early prototypes and system validation is under way.