Collaborative Approach

Through partnerships, joint ventures, and co-creation, we leverage expertise and technology to create value and accelerate the transition to a sustainable transportation system. Technology is developing at a faster pace than ever before. From autonomous transport solutions to Artificial Intelligence, Volvo Group works with the latest technology with a clear aim - to shape the world we want to live in.  Our approach is based collaboration and close partnerships. We understand that technology and innovative thinking can be combined in new ways, offering fresh and innovative solutions. Based on emerging technologies and the latest findings within connectivity, automation and electrification, we see great opportunities to co-create a more sustainable transport system and to help society prosper.

At Volvo Group we believe in partnership. This is why we work closely with suppliers, competitors and societal partners to drive change. As one of the founders of the First Movers Coalition, we work to create impact and lead the transition to a net-zero world.

Innovation in both products and services can change our world for the better. This is why we place emphasis on working with start-ups, innovators and academia to hasten the transition to a net-zero transportation system, and a net-zero society. We travel further together.

Partnerships


In many instances the power of two or more players can create the momentum to fast-track the adoption of new technologies and provide the scale necessary to make things happen. We have always been open to collaborating with suppliers and other players in the sector to help move our industry forward and tackle the challenges of today.

We have a broad range of partners – from our 55,000+ supply chain partners around the Globe, to partnerships with academia, safety institutes and more, along with developmental and high-impact partners. You can read more about some of these partners below.

Westport

In July 2023, Volvo Group and Westport signed a letter of intent to establish a joint venture for high-pressure gas injection fuel systems (HPDI) for long haul and off-road applications. 

HPDI enables the world's trucking and off-road equipment manufacturers to address the challenges of meeting the regulatory requirements of Euro 7 and the US EPA while offering end users affordable options that are powered by carbon neutral fuels like biogas, zero carbon fuels like green hydrogen and other renewable fuels. The HPDI fuel system consists of a fully integrated "tank to tip" solution, based on diesel technology.

At the heart of the engine is a revolutionary patented injector with a dual concentric needle design. A small amount of pilot fuel (which can be diesel fuel or a biodiesel renewable fuel) is injected into the cylinder prior to the gas, to initiate the ignition.

 

Learn more about our partnership with Westport

 

SEEL – The Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory

 

Volvo Group has entered a collaboration with the Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, SEEL with the intention of helping to improve knowledge-building and cooperation in the acceleration of electromobility and establishing a sustainable and competitive battery value chain in Sweden and across Europe.

The testing facilities in Sweden will play an important role in the development of solutions for the automotive, aerospace, and maritime sectors, while also opening the field up to researchers from universities and institutes. The testing facilities will support energy storage, powertrain, and safety critical battery testing.

 

Read more about the collaboration with SEEL

 

 

ElectriCity

ElectriCity is a cooperation for sustainable and electrified travel and transport. It is another example of how we build partnerships between industry, the public sector and academia.

 

ElectriCity

Clean Energy Partnership

Volvo Group has joined the Clean Energy Partnership - a strong industry partnership in pursuit of a goal: to establish green mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells.
The partnership unites technology, petroleum and energy companies, gas producers, auto manufacturers and suppliers working together across industries and sectors to set standards across all modes of transport to create impact, and work toward effectively reducing CO2 emissions from road transportation.
The Clean Energy Partnership sees hydrogen as a key enabler to achieve this and is devoting itself to new modes of transport and incorporating aspects such as energy, storage technologies, and logistics, to an even greater extent. Sharing both experience and knowledge, the partnership is designed to help shape the framework conditions and advise industry, users, and politicians, by pinpointing the current challenges and talking about the great potential of hydrogen.

 

Read more about the Clean Energy Partnership

Aurora

Volvo Autonomous Solutions is partnering up with industry pioneer Aurora to develop and scale safe and efficient autonomous transport solutions with the Aurora Driver and Volvo’s on-highway truck offering. The partnership’s initial focus is a hub-to-hub applications for North America.

 

Read more about the collaboration

 

H2 Green Steel

Our collaboration with H2 Green Steel, for near zero emission steel, is yet another step forward on Volvo Group's journey towards a net zero greenhouse gas value chain by 2040.  Volvo Group will purchase near zero emission steel produced in H2 Green Steel's new plant in Boden, Nothern Sweden, with deliveries starting in 2026.

By replacing coal with green hydrogen powered by fossil-free electricity, water and heat become H2 Green Steel's primary emissions.

 

Read more aobut our collaboration with H2 Green Steel

SSAB

Volvo Group and SSAB have signed a collaboration agreement on research, development, serial production and commercialization of the world’s first vehicles to be made with both fossil-free and scrap-based near zero emission steel.

 

Read more about the collaboration with SSAB

Ovako

Volvo Group and Ovako are collaborating on fossil-free hydrogen. Sweden’s largest fossil-free hydrogen facility to date was inaugurated on September 5, 2023, in Hofors. The new electrolysis facility enables the large-scale cost-effective production of hydrogen for Ovako’s main business, steel making. It will also provide hydrogen gas and liquid hydrogen for applications such as fossil-free freight.

The 20 MW plant will generate 3,880 cubic meters of fossil-free hydrogen per hour, and serve as model for future local production sites, helping to support the transition to fossil-free transportation using fuel cell and renewable fuel combustion propulsion technology solutions that Volvo Group are currently testing.

 

Read more about the collaboration with Ovako

Samsung SDI

Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo Group’s electric trucks. Working with Samsung SDI, Volvo Group aims to accelerate the speed of development, and strengthen the long-term capabilities and assets within electromobility to benefit our customers across truck segments and markets.

 

Read more about the collaboration

Societal impact

Our collaborative approach means we place importance on helping to shape the world we want to live in and increase the pace of transition to a net-zero world. We do this in many ways. One such way is through our societal partnerships with organization such as the First Movers Coalition, the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, the Road Freight Zero coalition, CALSTART's Drive to Zero Campaign and more.


You can read more about our societal partnerships here.

Co-creation and acceleration

 

We believe that the future is dependent on the brilliant minds of today. As such, we are engaged with multiple start-up hubs, accelerators, and academic partners, with the express aim of driving innovation forward. By actively encouraging investment in tomorrow's innovations we create the potential for groundbreaking new products, services and solutions. You can read more about our approach below.

 

Volvo Group Graduate Programs

These programs are designed for graduates who want to shape the future of transportation and enjoy the exciting opportunities of interacting with people from around the world. We offer a palette of international graduate programs tailored to meet your needs that are designed to help you excel.

Read more about our graduate programs

 

Volvo Group Academic Partner Program

The Academic Partner Program (APP) is a Volvo Group strategic long-term initiative to support the delivery of the group’s vision by connecting Volvo Group expertise with global academic research and innovation environments in critical technology areas.

Volvo Group Academic Partner Program

Listen to Natalie Noah talk about her career following the Volvo Group Graduate Program

Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab is the place to identify, explore and validate new ideas and new business opportunities, driven by trends in society. Our Innovation Lab works closely with the truck divisions and business areas in Volvo Group, as well as partners, customers and start-ups. It’s a place with a lot of energy, where we have fun and accelerate ideas all the way to market.

 

Read about Innovation Lab

CampX

The choices we make today will define the world we will live in tomorrow. That’s why we invite partners, including customers, start-ups, suppliers, academia, and authorities, to collaborate with Volvo Group in the development of future transport and infrastructure solutions. In a fast-changing technology landscape and global economy, collaboration and diversity are essential in  increasing speed and solving societal challenges. We have CampX hubs in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lyon in France, Greensboro in the United States, and Bangalore in India.

 

Read about CampX

Other innovation partnerships

DRIVE

Our partner DRIVE is a leading innovation center for smart mobility technologies. At DRIVE, start-ups gain meaningful market opportunities while Volvo Group is provided with early insights into the start-ups’ cutting edge technologies.

DRIVE

MobilityXlab

MobilityXlab is a strategic partnership with six global players; Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Zenseact, Veoneer and CEVT. MobilityXlab offers start-ups with pioneering ideas the opportunity to accelerate with at least two of the partner companies.

Mobility Xlab

AI Sweden

AI Sweden is a national centre designed to accelerate innovation and research in practically-applied Artificial Intelligence. Volvo Group is one of the partners.

AI Sweden

Volvo LIGHTS

The Volvo LIGHTS project will demonstrate the ability of battery electric vehicles to improve freight and warehouse efficiencies, reduce emissions and improve public health – particularly in disadvantaged communities. It will transform freight operations in two of the United States’ top trucking fleets.

Volvo LIGHTS

Volvo Technology Award

At Volvo Group we place a premium on innovation. Our Annual Volvo Technology Award is a mark of recognition for outstanding innovation and technical advances made by Volvo Group employees.

In 2022 the winner was the team behind the world's first production-ready heavy-duty battery electric truck.

 

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