31 Mar 2021
EUR 63 million
Infrastructure, transportation and telecom
|Date of agreement:||31 Mar 2021|
|Customer:||SEEL Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory AB|
|Amount in SEK:||SEK 630 million|
|Amount in EUR:||EUR 63 million|
|NACE sector / loan type:||Supporting and auxiliary transport activities|
The loan has been provided for financing the construction of the Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL), comprising of three sites for vehicle battery development and electromobility testing in Gothenburg, at the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) facility in Borås, and in Nykvarn.
SEEL will provide a test centre for different components of electrified transport, such as gearboxes and drive shafts for different kinds of vehicles, and for component testing for hybrids and electric cars, as well as charging and smart power management. The project will be part of the EU Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI).
The facility aims to contribute to the EU’s objective to cut CO2 emissions and accelerate the transformation to a low-carbon economy and to enable faster electrification of the transport sector.
The Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory AB (SEEL) is a special purpose company established by the state-owned RISE institute and by the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. The company’s industrial partners are Scania, CEVT (China Euro Vehicle Technology, owned by Geely), as well as Volvo Group and Volvo Cars.
The SEEL test site aims to support Sweden in remaining at the forefront of innovations in the transport sector and to secure competitiveness in the automotive industry. The project is based on close collaboration between industry, educational institutes and academia, which is expected to contribute to rapid knowledge development around electric vehicles and electrified transport.
The site’s main users will be the Swedish automotive industry and its industrial partners. The facility may also provide services to the marine and aviation sectors, and is likely to become a key platform supporting the research activities of Sweden’s high-tech cluster.
The development of electric vehicles and electrified transport is contributing to Sweden’s strategy of decarbonising the transport sector and becoming fossil-fuel free by 2030. The project is regarded as essential for the development of more sustainable transport for all modes of transportation.
Indicators for impact assessment:
One key environmental issue connected to the project is the soil contamination at the sites where the laboratories are to be constructed, stemming from previous industrial activities. The full scale of contamination and possible need for remediation measures are currently unknown. SEEL is committed to carrying out necessary investigations and measures.
Further, in order to be in compliance with NIB’s Sustainability Policy & Guidelines, SEEL is required to investigate what environmental permits will be necessary to obtain and will need to make sure that all applicable licences are in place.