Summary: CEVT (China Euro Vehicle Technology AB) was started in 2013 by Geely to develop platforms for Geely and Volvo Cars. CEVT has now developed a platform where there currently are 4 different car models being produced. After an intensive period to deliver this production solution CEVT is now developing the engineering organization to be focused on innovation for the Geely companies. CEVT will move into the Geely Innovation Centre that is being built at Lindholmen in Gothenburg.
Ingemar Johansson, Senior Adviser Chassis Engineering at CEVT and professor of the Practice at Chalmers was host for the meeting. He made a very interesting presentation of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Geely and the way Geely is working – some keywords and highlights.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is the owner of CEVT. Founded by Li Shufuin in 1986 – a visionary owner who has a very interesting background. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is composed by Geely Auto Group, Volvo Car Group Geely Technology Car Group, Geely Energy Group/Commercial Vehicle Group and Mitime Group. The first car-making venture was in 1997 and they are aiming to be among the top 10 largest automotive groups in the world by 2020. Geely Auto Group has: 50,000 employees as of 2017, 1.25 million vehicles sold in 2017, 31 manufacturing plants, 5 design studios globally.
Geely is now building an innovation center, CEVT, in Gothenburg with 3500 seats for the Geely group. Phase 1 building will be finished by the end of 2019. CEVT is developing automotive technology that will meet the demands of tomorrow’s global markets. Modular development and advanced virtual engineering enable us to deliver world-class technology to all Geely brands. CEVT is today keeping some 2,000 people occupiedwith over 28 nationalities among the experienced employees. Located in the automotive cluster in Gothenburg and Trollhättan. Deliveries to Volvo Cars, Geely Auto, Lynk & Co, and Terrafugia
Modularity, virtual engineering and innovation are some of the key words.
Modularity enables smarter development, the flexibility to meet different customer needs, the efficiency in economies of scale and modular architecture, shared components and common interfaces.
Virtual engineering. Virtual development and verification. An integrated part of product
development. Advanced testing of e.g. safety, structural dynamics, aerodynamic and thermal properties and driving dynamics
Innovation. Driving innovation to meet new market demands. Automotive industry transformation. Electrification. Environmental responsibility. New requirements of global markets.
Then a presentation of the different processes followed, among others the CMA- modular vehicle architecture for compact cars. Fully scalable and modular. Body variants supported: Cross Country / Hatchback / Sedan / SUV / SUV Coupe. First cars launched on the CMA: Lynk & Co 01 / Volvo XC40 – Compact SUV. Engaging suppliers. Agile development. Ensuring high quality.
Some other keywords which was mentioned. World class safety (active safety features supported; key passive safety features) Vehicle dynamic. Environmentally friendly and high performance. Hybrid development
– Lynk & Co – a completely new car brand, based on the CMA.
– 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission.
– Electrification and hybrids with 7DCT.