Volvo Cars

A vision for tomorrow’s climate neutral city

Volvo Cars creates mobility solutions that aim to bring back the freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way.

Volvo Cars is continuously striving to reduce its carbon footprint across its value chain. The company has an overall ambition to be climate-neutral by 2040. On their way towards climate neutrality, they have a number of objectives that are planned to be completed by 2025.

These include a 40 per cent reduction of their carbon dioxide footprint per car, as well as 50 per cent of their global sales being fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. They are also committed to a 25 per cent reduction in both operational and supply chain emissions. By 2030, Volvo Cars plans to be a fully electric car company.

These global ambitions express themselves on a national and regional level, with one example in Volvo Cars’ home city, Gothenburg in Sweden. The company has initiated a collaboration with the City of Gothenburg with the aim to create new urban zones that will be used as testbeds for future sustainable technologies. The goal is to achieve a climate-neutral city by 2030.

The initiative, called Gothenburg Green City Zone, started in early 2021 and aims to establish an area inside Scandinavia’s largest port city that is completely emission-free, with a variety of climate-neutral transportation modes and a connected infrastructure. Using a real city as a testing ground will enable Volvo to accelerate development of technologies and services in the areas of electrification, shared mobility, autonomous driving, connectivity, and safety.

Examples of technologies to be tested include geo-enabling solutions and services that will ensure that cars in the zone operate in electric-only mode and remain within speed limits, as well as traffic infrastructure that can connect to active safety features in cars and share information between road users.

Other potential examples include fully electric mobility hubs, a complete, easy-to-use charging network for electric cars and autonomous, robo-taxis operated by the company’s fully owned mobility provider, M.

The main obstacle to climate transition is not a lack of climate-friendly and smart technologies, but the capacity to implement them. The transformation requires a holistic approach to foster innovation and a deep and continuous collaboration between all stakeholders.

The Green City Zone aims to address this, and because Volvo Cars has played an active role in the planning process of this initiative, the company can ensure that the zone integrates its electrified mobility services from the start and develops them in a live environment. By doing so, Volvo Cars can help shape the sustainable cities of tomorrow.

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