Sweden, home to an automotive cluster represented by brands such as SAAB, Scania and Volvo, along with some 1,000 suppliers, is looking to expand its research and development of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Delegates from the Swedish automotive industry will be present at the upcoming Advanced Automotive Battery and Ultracapacitor Conference and Symposia (AABC) in Tampa, Florida, 12-16 May, with the aim of strengthening the Swedish vehicle battery cluster with further investment.
Representatives will highlight Swedish hybrid technology projects, including the Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Centre (SHC).
The only vehicle with zero emission in the tailpipe is an electrical vehicle. Our biggest challenge at the moment is the energy storage needed to realise this.—Hans Folkesson, chairman of SHC
Volvo, SAAB, energy company Vattenfall, and ETC Battery and FuelCells Sweden are already partnering with the Swedish State and the Swedish Energy Agency on a five-year, $40-million joint-venture project to develop next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicles. (Earlier post.)