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Volvo Group Breaks Floor on U.S. Automobile Propulsion Lab

Volvo Group executives have been joined by a number of Delegates of the Maryland State Meeting and Maryland Senator Paul Corderman at a groundbreaking ceremony for the development of a brand new, state-of-the-art Automobile Propulsion Lab, representing a $33 million growth of its powertrain analysis and growth web site in Hagerstown, Md.


Throughout a groundbreaking ceremony, the Volvo Group introduced a $33 million growth of its powertrain analysis and growth web site in Hagerstown, Md., for the development of a brand new, state-of-the-art Automobile Propulsion Lab (VPL).

Volvo’s VPL would be the first facility in North America to permit complete testing of present and future merchandise for Prevost, Volvo Bus, Volvo Vans, and Mack Vans to satisfy evolving authorities rules. Housed underneath one roof, the lab will encompass two environmental chambers. One chamber could have a chassis dyno able to emissions measurements and simulating extreme-weather and altitude circumstances. The second will provide testing of absolutely operative automobiles, together with freeway and vocational vans, in addition to coach buses, for beginning in a wide range of climate circumstances.

“The Hagerstown powertrain expertise web site performs a big position within the Volvo Group’s efforts to supply superior transportation options that meet clients’ wants immediately and down the street,” stated Lars Stenqvist, chief expertise officer of the Volvo Group. “The all-new VPL, slated to open within the second quarter of 2023, will allow us the flexibility to extra shortly develop and check battery-electric and hydrogen-based gasoline cell options, in addition to inner combustion engines, which might be powered by fossil-free fuels sooner or later, for our Class 8 vans and coach buses.” 

Further testing options within the VPL will embody:

  • Working from -22 levels F to 104 levels F for growth and verification actions.
  • Wind pace simulation as much as 85 mph.
  • Automobile absorbing and motoring functionality as much as 1600 horsepower.
  • Altitude simulation as much as 14,000 ft.
  • Varied forms of efficiency and emissions testing for battery electrical, gasoline cell, hybrid, pure fuel, and diesel applied sciences.
  • Functionality to check freeway and vocational Class 8 vans and coach buses for North American, South American, and European functions.

A rendering of Volvo’s competed VPL growth.


“Our engineers at the moment depend on long-distance journey for extreme-weather testing or faucet varied third-party labs specializing in particular forms of testing,” stated Audley Brown, vice chairman of powertrain engineering for Volvo Group North America. ”The VPL might be one of many few locations in operation that provides car emissions and on-board diagnostics necessities in any respect anticipated working circumstances for vans, buses and powertrains.”

The corporate additionally expects the brand new lab to assist drive ongoing product-quality enhancements and speed-to-market capabilities because of the strategic migration from on-road testing to managed, lab-environment testing.

At last building, the VPL might be greater than 35,000 sq. ft, two-stories excessive, and related to the prevailing engine growth lab on the Hagerstown campus. It’s been 15 years for the reason that present lab went into operation, which concerned a $40 million funding on the time. Since then, the corporate has spent an extra $12 million upgrading the check cells, a portion of which was used to allow the creation of electrical energy regeneration when working the dyno checks. 

The Volvo Group employs greater than 250 folks on the present web site from engineering, procurement, environmental, well being and security capabilities, and the brand new VPL will add round 10 new jobs, together with each non-bargaining and United Auto Staff union-represented staff members. The corporate’s Hagerstown campus can be residence to the Volvo Group’s powertrain manufacturing facility, producing engines, transmissions and axles for Mack Vans, Volvo Vans, Prevost coaches, and Volvo Buses offered in North America.

Initially posted on Metro Journal

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