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Electromobility is here – are we ready?​

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Welcome to Initiative seminar 2023 hosted by Transport Area of Advance.


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09:00 Welcome

Balázs Kulcsár, Director, and Kajsa Hulthén, Co-director, Transport Area of Advance.

09:05-09:25 The battle between electric and combustion engine cars in the early 20th century
Gunnar Falkemark, professor emeritus, University of Gothenburg.

09.25-09.45 The electromobility transition – from a policy and research perspective
Arne Nåbo, VTI, and Linda Olofsson, Swedish Electromobility Centre, Chalmers.

09:45 Battery myths and reality – electromobility from a component perspective 

9:45-10:00 Artisanal cobolt mining for lithium-ion battery cells – myths and reality?
Anders Nordelöf, Chalmers.

10:00-10:15 Safety of batteries – myths
Ulf Bergholm, MSB (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap).

10:15-10:30 Current status of battery management systems
Torsten Wik, Chalmers.

10:30-10:40 Panel discussion


11:00 What could possibly go wrong? – electromobility from a vehicle perspective 

11:00-11:15 Electrification of passenger vehicles
Robert Eriksson, Volvo Car Group.

11.15-11.30 Electrification of commercial vehicles
Elna Holmberg, Volvo Group Electromobility

11:30-11:45 Maritime electrification – experiences from the last 25 years in Norway
Daniel Green, Siemens Energy AS.

11:45-12:00 Panel discussion

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00 From wheels to grid – electromobility from a system perspective 

13:00-13:15 Freight transport as a loosely coupled system
Kajsa Hulthén and Anna Dubois, Chalmers and Michael Browne, University of Gothenburg.

13:15-13:30 Will there be enough electricity to power both transport and industry?
Filip Johnsson, Chalmers.

13:30-13:45 Circular flows in the electromobility transition
Patricia van Loon and Martina Petranikova, Chalmers.

13:45-14:00 The REEL project: electrified heavy duty vehicles in regional logistics
Frances Sprei​, Chalmers

14:00-14:10 Panel discussion

14:10-14:40 Closing session

Balázs Kulcsár, Director, and Kajsa Hulthén, Co-director, Transport Area of Advance.

Passing the baton over to Production Area of Advance
Director Lars Nyborg​, Chalmers Production Area of Advance.


The Initiative seminar is part of a series of seminars in 2023. The next Initiative seminar will be hosted by Chalmers Production Area of Advance.