Volvo Cars announced an expansion of its footprint in New Jersey in preparation for a future selling only electric vehicles, building a new technical and training facility and installing 50 EV chargers at the company’s headquarters in Mahwah.
The company broke ground at the future site of the Volvo Car Americas Technical and Training Center on June 16. According to the announcement, the new facility will enable the company to better support its network of retailers and their service technicians in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America. It is scheduled to open in March 2023.
The Volvo Car Americas Technical and Training Center will house a multi-vehicle workshop and classrooms where service technicians will learn the latest diagnostic and service techniques for all Volvo cars, including plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.
The building is designed to be LEED Gold certified. It will feature a 15-kW solar panel system, high efficiency HVAC, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program used worldwide. It provides a framework for healthy, efficient, carbon- and cost-saving green buildings. The Volvo Cars Americas headquarters building, located within the same campus, is also LEED Gold certified.
The 50 new electric vehicle charging stations on the 20-acre property will serve the increasing number of employees and visitors driving plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.
The company’s goal is to eventually make the chargers available to the public, in line with its electrification ambitions, the news release said.
“We are so proud to be expanding our Volvo Car Americas footprint in Mahwah,” said Anders Gustafsson, senior vice president Americas and president and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “As we continue down the path to become the fastest transformer in the industry, this beautiful new facility anchored around sustainability will further train and educate our retailers and service technicians from across the region on our electrified future.”
In March, Volvo announced its electric truck training facility in Illinois.