How can people be encouraged to choose sustainable means of transport? This was one of the key questions when experts from state, region, industry and academia gathered for a round table discussion at Volvo Truck Experience Center with the Governor General of Canada David Johnston, in the presence of King Carl Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip.
Elna Holmberg, Director of Swedish Electromobility Centre, was one of the invited experts, along with Mats Viberg, First Vice President of Chalmers University of Technology, Anna Johansson, Minister of Infrastructure and Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of Volvo Group, among others.What did you talk about at the round table?
“We talked about the importance of collaboration to implement the transition to sustainable transportation. We discussed congestion problems, new forms of ownership and different ways to get a higher utilization of vehicles. There is a lot going on right now, and we can learn from each other.”Did you bring up any particular issue?
“I talked about the academy as a neutral party for producing knowledge. I emphasized the importance of informing society, both of the effects that increased greenhouse gas emission have - especially on health - and of the opportunities and the knowledge that grows and matures in the academic world.”
“I also stressed the need to reduce the costs of electric vehicles. This can be done, for example, through collaborative research and demonstration projects. I believe in people’s ability to interact and create innovations that will solve the climate and congestion problems.”
The meeting at Volvo Truck Experience Centre was part of the program when the Governor General of Canada David Johnston and his wife Dr Sharon Johnston payed a state visit to Sweden on 20-23 February 2017.
Text: Emilia Lundgren
Photo: Kungahuset.seSwedish Electromobility Centre is a national Centre of Excellence for hybrid and electric vehicle technology and charging infrastructure. The Centre unifies Sweden's competence and serve as a base for interaction between academia, industry and society. Chalmers University of Technology is host of the Centre.Partners: AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Scania CV AB, Autoliv Development AB, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, Uppsala University, Linköping University.