Volvo Cars is now joining forces with its hometown, Gothenburg, to create a CO2-neutral city by 2030.
Volvo Cars and Gothenburg will work together to create new urban zones that will be used as a basis for the future development of sustainable technologies.
The initiative called ‘Gothenburg Green City Zone’ aims to establish an area in Scandinavia’s largest port city that is completely emission-free, with a number of climate-neutral modes of transport and an associated infrastructure.
The use of a vibrant metropolis will enable Volvo Cars to accelerate the development of technologies and services in the areas of electrification, mobility, autonomous driving, charging stations and safety. As part of this project, Volvo Cars also plans to introduce self-driving taxis operated by M, the company’s mobility provider.
“Basically, this is a project that aims to limit the number of cars in the city – which is completely in line with the company’s ambitions,” says Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars. “The investment in the mobility service, M, cements our ambition in this area and at the same time forms the basis for further development within AI technology, optimization and efficiency. We want to play an active role in creating the cities of the future and supporting the infrastructure that makes them an attractive place to live. At the same time, this initiative gives us the opportunity to take on a responsibility for the inhabitants of our own hometown. ”
Sharing cars and self-driving taxis
Examples of technologies to be tested include geo-activated solutions and services that ensure that cars in the zone only operate in electrical mode and do not exceed the speed limits. In addition, Volvo Cars will help create an infrastructure that allows motorists to connect to active safety features and share information between road users.
“We will use our knowledge and technology to create a future city that is electrified, connected, common and CO2-neutral,” says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. “This is a unique opportunity to introduce and test new technologies and services in a vibrant environment. We want to show that if it is possible here, it is possible everywhere. ”
Other examples include fully electric mobility centers; a complete, user-friendly charging network for electric cars; and self-driving taxis.
“The challenge we face is not a lack of climate-friendly and smart technologies, but the ability to implement them. The transformation requires a holistic approach to promote innovation, and a deep and continuous collaboration between all parties involved, ”concludes Henrik Green.
During 2020, M, through its own AI technology, has already reduced the CO2 footprint in Gothenburg, as 1 car from M now replaces 8 privately owned cars in the city. Similar to Gothenburg’s goal, Volvo Cars is continuously reducing its CO2 footprint with the ambition of being a climate-neutral company by 2040.
The Green City Zone initiative will start in the spring of 2021 and will be gradually expanded until the target is met by 2030.
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