Volvo Group took the decision to set up its own battery production plant in May, earlier this year. Now, the Swedish manufacturer announced that the battery plant in Ghent will be inaugurated in 2025. Indeed, the battery module manufacturing line in Ghent will be able to use battery cells both from partners and from the planned battery cell plant in Sweden. To date, partners will be supplying both cells and modules addressed to the Group’s electric vehicles.
Battery production plant for Volvo electric vehicles
The Volvo Group truck assembly plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, is already building heavy-duty electric trucks. In the second half of 2023 the plant in Ghent will also start to produce battery electric heavy-duty trucks. The battery packs needed to power these electric trucks are built in the Ghent plant.
“We have started the investment process to establish battery module manufacturing in Ghent”, said Jens Holtinger, Executive Vice President Group Trucks Operations. “The building is expected to be 12,000 square meters and be located at the Volvo Group manufacturing site. The new high-tech module factory will consist of an almost fully automated process with robots. This means that employees with the necessary competences will be recruited, both externally and by building on our internal competences”. The investment frame for this first step of module manufacturing is Euro 75 million.