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Volvo’s electric car will use advanced single-cut mega-casting
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Swedish automaker Volvo Cars is investing SEK 10 billion ($1.1 billion) in its Torslanda manufacturing plant, adding mega-casting to the company’s processes according to a press release published by the firm on February 8th.
“The introduction of mega-casting of aluminum body parts for the next generation of electric Volvo models is the most significant and exciting change implemented as part of the investment package.”
“Mega casting creates a number of benefits in terms of sustainability, cost and car performance during the cars life time, and Volvo Cars is one of the first carmakers to invest in this process.”
The company also claims that mega-casting will improve the energy efficiency and range of its cars. This means vehicle designers can make use of available space inside the cabin and luggage area, which provides passengers with more comfort and added space.
This process also leads to cost savings by optimizing material use and logistics, reducing the environmental footprint of manufacturing processes, and their accompanying supply chain networks.
“Today is a great day for the Torslanda plant as we are making it fit for the future with this investment package,” said Javier Varela, head of engineering and operations at Volvo Cars. “Our future as a company is all-electric and that requires a variety of upgrades across the plant, to ensure that Torslanda can continue to build premium electric cars of the highest quality.”
Volvo Cars have some bold ambitions in their goal of reaching a fully electric car company by 2030. It’s not holding back, either- they’ve invested mega-casting and also SEK 30 billion ($3.3 billion) into engineering and manufacturing high-quality tailor-made batteries specifically for its electric vehicles.