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The Swedish city of Gothenburg plans to set up an emission-free urban area known as the “Green City Zone” that will include “large-scale testing of future technologies”.
The zone, which is scheduled to go into operation in spring 2021, will cover a large part of the city center and the surrounding districts. It is planned to establish a “huge test and demonstration area” where companies, universities and others can work together to test new technologies and expand their operations, products and services in the fields of transportation, infrastructure and energy.
A number of companies including automotive giant Volvo has signed up to participate and plans to test new technologies and make the zone 100% emission free by 2030.
Axel Josefson, Chairman of Gothenburg City Council, said: “In [the] Zone, city, business and research actors will work together to transform the transportation system emission free in a very short [amount of] Time.
“Through this collaboration we have [will] show the way in sustainability issues in Europe and that we take the city’s climate protection agreement with the EU and our ambitious sustainability goals up to 2030 seriously. “
“Possibilities, not bans”
The city insisted that the zone would not result in bans or restrictions on certain vehicles, but did not elaborate on how to accommodate non-electric vehicles.
Volvo, headquartered in Gothenburg, plans to provide robotic cabs to be operated by it Mobility service.
“We want to use our knowledge and technology to create a future city that is electrified, connected, shared and carbon neutral,” said Henrik Green, Volvo’s chief technology officer.
The company also says it will test “geosolutions” in the zone that will ensure that on-site vehicles operate in electric mode only and adhere to speed limits. The traffic infrastructure is also being changed to connect to vehicles and exchange information between road users.
Fully electric mobility nodes and a user-friendly charging system are also being considered.
Göteborg has introduced a congestion charge for all cars entering the city center since 2013. Mopeds and scooters are exempt, but electric vehicles are not.
The Swedish government has already announced that it will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles from 2030. commission an inquiry in 2019 on the practical aspects of the plan and how to promote it across the EU.
“Sweden will be the first in the world fossil-free Welfare nation, ”said the Minister for Financial Markets and Housing, Per Bolund.
“The transport sector is responsible for a third of Sweden’s greenhouse gas emissions and therefore plays an important role in climate change.”
The final report should be published by February 1, 2021.
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Published on January 29, 2021 – 13:00 UTC