Volvo Penta commits to electric development

Volvo Penta’s chief technology officer, Johan Carlsson, and system engineer, Karin Åkman, discuss innovation for electromobility Volvo Penta’s chief technology officer, Johan Carlsson and system engineer, Karin Åkman, discuss innovation for electromobility

Volvo Penta is to offer electrified solutions for both its marine and industrial segments by 2021.

The move follows on from the introduction of hybrid and all-electric technology introduced by the Volvo Group.

“Volvo Penta is embracing the electric transformation and will be at the forefront in delivering compelling business cases to customers using this new technology,” explained Björn Ingemanson, Volvo Penta president.


“This is the start of a long-term transition. Diesel and petrol-powered primary drive systems will remain the most appropriate power source for many applications for years to come.”

As part of its increased commitment, the company has restructured and developed an electromobility development and test lab at its Swedish HQ.

While the power outputs and applications of the initial electric systems are currently being kept confidential, the company has announced that both hybrid and all-electric solutions will be offered.


Field testing early prototypes is taking place and system validation is under way.

“Volvo Penta is already several years into its electrification journey,” explained Johan Inden, chief technology officer.

“We have spent this time building competencies, experience and establishing the technologies required to deliver a sustainable power solutions road map.

“The advanced engineering projects we are currently running, and the performance data received gives us confidence that we are on the right technology path to offer customers a compelling business case for electrification.”

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