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Volvo opens new technology hub in Cracow making Poland their key electric vehicle tech centre

March 21, 2023

Volvo opens a new technological centre in Cracow, Poland, its fourth in the world and second outside Sweden. The Tech Hub in Cracow will be a key center for software development and is expected to play a role in the Swedish manufacturer’s strategy. Volvo wants to become an all-electric brand and a leader in new technologies by 2030, not only through internal software development. Cracow is the right place for a new investment because “the city is an emerging tech centre, with a broad network of tech firms in the region…[and] a large telecom sector.” – says the company.

The centre will hire up to 600 IT specialists by 2025. The incoming president of Volvo Car Jim Rowan said: “The engineers will work on solutions related to safety, but also with basic support for on-board computers,”

“[It will] play a crucial role in our strategic ambitions to be a fully electric brand by 2030 and a leader in new technology, not least through in-house software development,” says the firm adding: “The tech hub will carry full responsibility for developing complete and key features on our new fully electric cars.”

Although the share of electric vehicles in Poland is among the lowest in the EU, the country is becoming an important manufacturing center. In 2020, it became the EU’s largest exporter of electric buses. In 2021 it was announced that the first plant in the EU and one of the first in the world to process used car batteries and other types of waste from electric vehicles will be built in Poland.

Announced last year, a factory is also planned to be built in Poland’s southeastern city Stalowa Wola by SK Nexilis, a South Korean manufacturer of copper foil used in electric car batteries.

On top of that, Mercedes announced last December that it would invest more than €1 billion to create a factory in Poland that would be the first to produce exclusively electric commercial vehicles.

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