A necessary step towards sustainable cities is hybrid- and electrified transport. The current vehicle industry must shift production towards hybrid- and electric power. A fundamental challenge related to this is to quickly be able to materialize industrialized processes and competitive production of the technical systems that form electrified- and hybrid vehicles; the electrical machine, power electronics and battery systems.
In Sweden today (2012) there are no or few established suppliers to the vehicle industry in the hybrid market. There is, however, significant knowledge of the subsystems at Institutes and Universities and for power electronics there are several suppliers to other branches of industry. The project combines innovation from areas such as chemistry, power electronics and automatic control, areas that currently do not had a central role in vehicle manufacturing.