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.


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 51,000 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.

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.

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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.

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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.



Volvo Group and Ovako are collaborating on fossil-free hydrogen. Sweden’s largest fossil-free hydrogen facility is being built in Hofors. The technical solution will enable large-scale cost-effective production of hydrogen for applications like fossil-free freight using fuel-cell trucks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Other innovation partnerships


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.



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


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.


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