Gurander, Deputy CEO, Volvo Group laid the foundation for the Vehicle TechLab
for Volvo Group’s Research and Development operations in Bengaluru (Karnataka),
India. Concurrently, Jan Gurander also marked a key milestone – where Volvo
Group’s R&D operations in India now become the largest development site
in July 2021, Volvo Group launched CampX – Volvo Group’s Global Innovation
Arena – the first site outside Sweden.
Group has one of the most ambitious SBTi targets in the industry, targeting the
1.5-degree pathway, where we will achieve net-zero value chain greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions by 2040. Already, by 2030 we would cut the CO2 emissions of our
vehicles by 40% when we target 50% of our trucks sold to be electric. To
achieve this path, we are in the midst of a global organisation-wide business
transformation to adopt emerging technologies, as well as new business models, across
Automation, Electromobility & Connectivity. By 2030, 50% of our revenues
will come from services & solutions. India is going to play a key role in
this transformation journey as Volvo Group’s largest R&D site outside
Sweden, along with our other global support functions, is located here.”,
commented Jan Gurander, Deputy CEO, Volvo Group.
Volvo Group in India, we are proud to be playing a key role in shaping the
future of the global world of transportation. This is one of the most exciting
times to be an engineer. Our aim is to provide one of the most rewarding &
satisfying work environment for our engineers – a culture that offers learning,
capability building, high feasibility to turn ideas into actions, a global
network, good work-life balance, flexible workplaces and that which is marked
by trust, transparency and collaboration – while being immersed in advanced
technology that goes in making world leading trucks.” commented Kamal Bali,
President & MD, Volvo Group, India.
Group Trucks Technology in India employs more than 1600 engineers, and this
number will significantly increase in the coming years. The current set up includes a host of
facilities such as vehicle garages, electrical & electronics lab, AR/VR
Lab, and access to proving grounds.
increased focus on product and project responsibility within Volvo Group’s
R&D operations in India, has led to a demand for a framework that will
support the enhancement of product knowledge and prototype validation
capability within India. Today, this capability is being enhanced with the
set-up of the Vehicle TechLab – which is a first in the industry in India. This
lab can house complete trucks, chassis and aggregates. It has various
supporting equipment for engineers to test, innovate, validate and experiment
their ongoing work - through a set up equipped with driving simulators, test
benches, 3D scanners among various other tools and systems.
Vehicle Tech Lab is designed as a collaborative virtual workspace – creating a
simulated workshop environment - using technologies like virtual reality, human
body motion tracking & realistic digital rendering of vehicles that allows
Volvo Engineers across the globe to connect & collaborate virtually. This
facility will significantly reduce the development times, improve problem
solving and offer better insights& speed in building innovative solutions.“,
commented CR Vishwanath, Vice President, Volvo Group Trucks Technology, India.
being worked upon cover a range of areas: General vehicle technology, electric,
autonomous as well as connectivity solutions. Engineers will have access to
complete products which could well include battery electric or fuel cell
electric trucks too among other options.
Vehicle TechLab adds to the growing capabilities of Volvo Group’s R&D
operations in India. Earlier, in July 2021, Volvo Group launched CampX– Volvo
Group’s Global Innovation Arena - in Bengaluru. CampX in India has already
engaged with close to 70 start-ups and is now building multiple proofs of
concept with several start-ups.
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