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Automotive: Volvo opens new training campus, showcases electric plans

VolvoVolvo Cars is celebrating the opening of its new education and training facilities. With top company leadership in attendance, Volvo hosted a grand opening ceremony for its Volvo Car University and Volvo Car South Carolina Technical Center buildings at its campus in Berkeley County on Wednesday.   

Volvo Car Group executives Håkan Samuelsson, Javier Varela, Anders Gustafsson and David Stenström were joined by Governor Henry McMaster and Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt to officially open the facilities.

The Volvo Car University building holds nearly 89,000 square feet of training and office space and is equipped with modern technology to enable retail partners and Volvo Cars employees to access industry-leading training. The Volvo Car University team has also created a leadership training program with the Yale School of Management. The University will play an instrumental role in preparing Volvo Cars retail partners for the switch to full product electrification, which ramped up last year with the launch of the fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge.

With the Volvo Car South Carolina Technical Center, the company adds new research and development capabilities for its Americas Region workforce with a center to educate retailer technicians on the latest vehicle technologies, including electrified powertrains. The Center includes a 23,000 square foot facility which encompasses a Training Academy, Methods Workshop and Technical Material Analysis.

“The opening of Volvo Car University and the South Carolina Technical Center represents the most recent demonstration of our commitment to our future in the USA and the state of South Carolina,” said Anders Gustafsson, Senior Vice President, Volvo Car Americas and President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “We appreciate the continued support of the Governor’s office, the state and Berkeley County. We are proud to call South Carolina home as Volvo Cars continues our transformation, moving toward an electric, sustainable future.”

The grand opening comes on the heels of the announcement earlier this month that Volvo Cars will invest $118 million to produce the fully electric Polestar 3 at the facility under contract for Polestar Cars. The Polestar 3 is the third vehicle scheduled to be built at the plant, joining the Volvo S60 luxury sedan and the next generation of electrified Volvo cars.