​Researcher Torbjörn Thiringer explains experiments conducted on the driveline of an electric passenger car in the research lab at the division of Electric power engineering, for docent Anders Grauers and Elna Holmberg, Director of the Swedish Electromobility Centre. These types of tests can be scaled up in the new test bed.
Foto: Ines Sebalj/Swedish Electromobility Centre

One billion to be invested in electric mobility

The Swedish government has decided to invest one billion kronor in the transition to an electrified transport sector. An important part of the initiative is a test bed in Gothenburg. Research institute Rise and Chalmers University of Technology will jointly build and own the facility.

​Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, presented the initiative, which also includes biogas development, at a press conference at Lindholmen in Gothenburg on 5 September. A number of representatives from Volvo Group, Scania, Volvo Cars and Cevt (China Euro Vehicle Technology) participated together with Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Chairman of Gothenburg City Council, Pia Sandvik CEO of Risa, as well as Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.

“One third of the carbon dioxide emissions comes from the transport sector. To reduce emissions nationwide, the transport sector will have to go through a change”, says Mikael Damberg.

The total investment is one billion kronor until 2023. The automotive industry is expected to contribute equivalent funding. In 2018, 180 million kronor will be invested in the test bed. Electrified gearboxes and drive shafts for different types of vehicles, component, drivetrain and full vehicle testing for hybrid and electric vehicles, charging, smart energy management, cloud computing and “Big data” usage – these are examples of research and testing areas for which the facility is to be equipped.

Pia Sandvik, CEO of Rise, welcomes the initiative.

“We will build a test bed with great innovation content”, she says.

For Chalmers University of Technology, the initiative is of great importance for the quality of both research and education.

“A facility of this kind will strengthen our ability to be at the forefront of knowledge in the transition to a fossil-free transport sector, and to promote the supply of competence to the industry in many ways”, says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.

Henrik Svenningstorp has led Rise’s investigation of how a test bed for electric mobility could look and be financed. He will be heavily involved in the future work on building the test bed.

“A strong research focus is important”, he says. “The test bed should not be for long-term testing only.”

Published: Fri 15 Sep 2017.