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Electromobility testbed to be located in Lindholmen

06 December 2018, 13:03

In 2017, the Swedish Government tasked RISE and Chalmers University of Technology with creating a testbed for electromobility. It has now been decided that the testbed, the Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory AB (SEEL), will be located at Valdemar Noréns gata 7 in Lindholmen, Gothenburg. SEEL will also have a physical presence in the Stockholm region, although the exact location is still under consideration.

The investment in SEEL is intended to strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish automotive industry and contribute to Sweden remaining at the forefront of innovation in the transport sector, as well as to expedite Sweden’s transition to a fossil-free society. Taken together, the Government’s appropriation and the commitments made by industry partners will see an investment of SEK 1 billion in the testbed.

SEEL will provide the necessary test facilities for all elements of electrified transport; for example, electrified gearboxes and driveshafts for various type of vehicles, component, powertrain and chassis testing for hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as charging and smart energy control systems. It is expected that the testbed will also provide benefits for the marine and aviation sectors.

"The automotive industry is vital to Sweden and today we are taking an important step to secure future Swedish automotive jobs through the major transition now taking place in the transport sector. Form fossil to renewables, from petrol and diesel to electricity, our goals is that Sweden will become one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare states. This demands that we meet emission targets while simultaneously ensuring the competitiveness of Swedish industries and securing Swedish jobs. The Swedish automotive industry will play a key role in this transition,” says Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation.

“This investment offers enormous opportunities for education, research and industrial development. The testbed will complement Chalmer’s existing laboratories and, as one of the owners, it is natural that we take responsibility for effectively contributing to the rapid development of knowledge linked to electric vehicles and craft,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.

“SEEL will be unique in facilitating such close collaboration between the private sector, research institutes and academia and has all of the prerequisites to become a world-class testing facility for electromobility. Together with our test facility for vehicle safety, AstaZero, and our new test facility for stress-testing vehicle electronics and wireless communications, Awitar, SEEL will leave RISE well-equipped to remain a robust innovation partner for the Swedish automotive industry,” says Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE.

“CEVT has a clear mission within the Geely Group, to become a world-leading innovation centre, and electromobility is one area that facilitates the new functionality that will be indispensable to our future products if they are to meet future demand for fossil-free vehicles. The development of these functions requires a deep understanding of both components and systems; SEEL will be part of the foundation we need in order to continuously develop this knowledge,” says Mats Fägerhag, CEO of CEVT.

“Scania is a driving force behind the transition to fossil-free transport systems. Electric operation will be an important part of this journey and Sweden – with its major automotive manufacturers, green energy and good cooperation between politicians, academia and the private sector – is in a unique position to play a major role in developments from a global perspective. The two electric transport laboratories will provide a great advantage, both in the development and testing of electrified HGVs in Sweden,” says Björn Westman, senior vice president of powertrain development at the Scania Group.

“Given Volvo Car’s ambitious electrification strategy, SEEL will be an important tool for us in developing and verifying the new technologies planned for the coming years,” says Paul Welander, senior vice president of Volvo Cars. “During the period 2020-2025, we expect to see a clear shift towards electrified vehicles so the timing of this initiative is excellent. This is also an investment that will benefit both the business community and society as a whole.”

“We in the automotive industry have a large role to play in climate-change work and electrification is an important element of this,” says Lars Stenqvist, Volvo Group chief technology officer. “We have started with our buses and first electric goods vehicles; however, a great deal more research and development is required. SEEL will help us, and Sweden, to remain at the forefront of developments in vehicles and systems for climate-neutral transportation.”

For further information, please contact:

Joakim Jakobsson, press officer RISE: +46 (0)72 452 66 32, joakim.jakobsson@ri.se