Bombardier Transportation has announced it will open a global innovation centre at its current site in Västerås, Sweden. The rail and e-mobility centre will focus on next generation of electric propulsion technology in pursuit of a cleaner future for transport.
“The electrification of transport is crucial in order to reduce our carbon emissions. We are very pleased that Bombardier Transportation chooses Västerås for its global innovation centre for e-mobility, which also will be open for other partnering actors. This will further strengthen Sweden as one of the most innovative countries in the world, with a tradition of collaboration between business, academia and the public sector,” Ibrahim Baylan, Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation said.
Within the project, Bombardier Transportation will work together with industrial and academic partners.
The construction works for the new centre should take place in spring 2021, and it is expected to be inaugurated in 2023.
To accelerate the centre’s launch, Bombardier’s propulsion development and validation testing expertise will be concentrated under one roof by merging engineering offices with its manufacturing site in Finnslätten, an industrial zone in Västerås. This initiative firmly supports the Västerås region’s plans to develop its local industry, source competence and cultivate the transport and mobility market’s future needs.
“This investment will contribute to the further revitalization of the Nordic rail industry, bringing innovative new technologies and business opportunities, and reaffirming Bombardier’s leadership position in this market as well as its commitment to low carbon and sustainable transportation,” Danny Di Perna, President of Bombardier Transportation said.
As the global market is more and more interested in e-mobility solutions and interconnected transport systems, Bombardier will create an innovation centre revolving around electric propulsion systems. This is a key enabling technology to increase energy efficiency and offer cost-efficient modular systems for a low carbon rail and automotive industry.
The new centre will enable cross-industry fertilization between different sectors, including academia and start-ups, and allow for joint research and development projects with construction machines, trucks and rail for example. It will be opened to facilitate testing of industry partner products and systems, bringing Bombardier’s expertise in electrical-propulsion systems to new applications for e-mobility. The centre will also develop next generation intelligent energy-efficient propulsion systems together with external partners.