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Volvo Penta Sets 2021 Deadline to Introduce Electric Power

With the aim of becoming a driving force in sustainable power solutions, Volvo Penta is going full charge into hybrid and all-electric drivelines, offering electrified solutions in both its marine and industrial segments by 2021. The company has issued a clear statement of intent with the news that by 2021, it will provide electrified power solutions for both its land and sea-based business segments.

Underpinned by the success of hybrid and all-electric technology introduced by the Volvo Group, Volvo Penta’s electrified solutions will demonstrate the company’s long-term commitment to offering customers the latest and most appropriate power source for their user applications.

“Volvo Penta is already several years into its electrification journey,” explains Mr Johan Inden, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Penta. “We have spent this time building competencies, experience, and establishing the technologies required to deliver a sustainable power solutions road map. The advanced engineering projects we are currently running, and the performance data received give us confidence that we are on the right technology path to offer customers a compelling business case for electrification.”

As part of this increased commitment, Volvo Penta has restructured its organisation to accelerate the switch towards electrified power, and has committed to an ambitious ramping up of its electrification investment programme. An electromobility development-and-test laboratory has also been established at its Swedish headquarters.

As a Tier 1 partner to many leading equipment manufacturers in the marine and industrial segments, the enterprise is in a unique position to further develop the proven electric platforms from the Volvo Group. The company can deploy this technical knowledge with its deep application understanding to help manufacturers develop advanced, robust, and successful products that use the most appropriate power technology platform for their intended use.

The company has announced that both hybrid and all-electric solutions will be offered at the outset. It is already field-testing early prototypes and system validation is under way.