In a harmonious dance of innovation, Swedish automaker Volvo is taking a page from Tesla's playbook, embracing the revolutionary Gigapress machines to craft the future of electric cars. The company's recent collaboration with Italian manufacturer IDRA marks a pivotal step toward a more efficient and sustainable automotive production.
Gigapress Machines – Giants of Efficiency
Standing as the largest casting machines globally, the Gigapress machines are set to find their home in Volvo’s new factory in Košice, Slovakia. These behemoths, with dimensions akin to a small house, wield a clamping force surpassing 9,000 tons. Their role? Crafting significant portions of the car’s chassis, including the front and rear subframes, in a single, efficient sweep.
This innovative casting process is a departure from traditional methods, where smaller parts are welded together. The Gigapress machines promise not only efficiency but also cost-effectiveness, a significant stride in the pursuit of sustainable electric vehicle manufacturing.
Volvo’s Green Gateway: Košice Factory Opening in 2026
Anticipation surrounds Volvo’s new factory, slated to commence production in 2026 in Košice. With an impressive annual capacity of 250,000 electric cars, this facility is poised to be a pioneer in Europe, being the first to harness the power of Gigapress machines for automotive manufacturing.
A Shared Technological Symphony
- A Trendsetting Trio: Volvo joins the ranks of Ford and Hyundai, fellow automakers who have inked contracts with IDRA for the adoption of Gigapress technology.
- Tesla’s Influence: Tesla, a trailblazer in electric vehicle technology, has been utilizing Gigapress machines since 2020. The technology has been a cornerstone in Tesla’s mission to reduce manufacturing costs by up to 30%.
A Greener Road Ahead for Volvo
Volvo’s foray into Gigapress technology aligns seamlessly with its ambitious goals. With a target of half its global sales coming from electric cars by 2025 and a vision of being fully electric by 2030, Volvo is not just adopting innovation – it’s shaping a greener future on the assembly line.