Helping to keep it on pace in the electrification market, Volvo Cars has just announced that it is spending big, including opening a new lab, to help it develop its own electric motors. In-house.

Volvo already has an e-motor lab working in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as battery labs in both China and Sweden, and this new electric motor lab in Shanghai, China, should help to automaker to build even better electric motors and drivelines. The automaker says that designing them in-house like this will let them further increase performance and efficiency.

“Through in-house design and development, we can fine-tune our e-motors to ever better levels,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars. “By constantly improving their overall performance levels in terms of energy efficiency and comfort, we create an electric driving experience that is unique to Volvo.”

The Shanghai lab is already open, focusing on electric motors for the SPA 2 modular vehicle platform, and this includes both EV and hybrid drivelines.

Volvo didn't say what it was spending on the new lab, but di say that e-motors, and how they behave with the rest of the vehicle, was "crucial in developing premium electric cars."

Volvo is currently targeting 50 percent of its sales to be EVs by 2025 with the rest hybrids, and to become climate neutral (including manufacturing and supply chain) by 2040.