Carmakers Volvo and Volkswagen’s Scania together with the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), and Chalmers University of Technology are establishing a testbed for electric mobility. With funding from the Swedish government the investment totals one billion krona (about 96M euro).
The project is called the Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL) located in Gothenburg with some facilities in Stockholm too. The aim is to strengthen the Swedish automotive industry through innovation.
SEEL will provide testing for all areas of electric transport, starting with electrified gearboxes and driveshafts or, drivetrain and component testing for hybrids and electric vehicles. Charging and smart power-management will be looked at as well and SEEL expects even the marine and aviation sectors to be able to make use of the testbed.
The various testbeds will become available as construction progresses with the lab expected to be fully operational by 2022.
The full list of project partners include CEVT, Scania, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group, RISE, Chalmers TU and the government of Sweden.