Big dollars for Swedish site

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As part of its long term strategy to stay competitive and address sustainability goals, Volvo CE is making a number of significant investments

Volvo says the investment is "is a big statement to customers and the industry about our commitment to building tomorrow".

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced $24 million of investments at its Eskilstuna site in Sweden, including an arena for customer demonstrations of electric and autonomous machines, a new R&D test track and an energy recovery system for the factory.

Volvo CE will add an extra 12 hectares to its existing 45 hectare demo ground at the Customer Center, specifically for testing of its electric and autonomous machines but also for demonstrating current machine offerings.

The $12 million investment in the innovation arena will enable Volvo CE to show the prototype machines to customers in a realistic and challenging environment, it says, supported by 5G technology and with charging infrastructure installed on site.

As Volvo CE transitions to more fossil-free alternatives, the existing fleet of combustion engine machines at the Eskilstuna Customer Center will be running on HVO (hydro-treated vegetable oils). No special modifications to the engines are required.

"Our new innovation arena is a big statement to customers and the industry about our commitment to building tomorrow. Meanwhile, we show with our switch to HVO that we are also taking small steps to drive sustainability, not just in the future but also in the here and now," says Carl Slotte, president of Volvo CE sales region EMEA.

Over at the Technology Center, Volvo CE is also investing in an electromobility and automation test track for R&D purposes. The HX2 electric and autonomous load carriers are now being optimized to be ready for the first commercial pilot, which is due to start before the end of 2019.

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