Sustainable mobility for a better future

Do some readers still remember the primeval times of IT? Around 30 years ago, when the innovation consisted of more and more powerful hardware? When you bought one of those big, gray boxes every few years because the processor, memory, and hard drive were opening new galaxies?

Sustainable mobility from Trollhättan. Printversion TTELA.
Sustainable mobility from Trollhättan. Printversion TTELA.

The time of the big, gray dino boxes is over. And hardware is still changing. But today it is more of a useful turn of events; It is the software that drives innovation and constantly opens up new solutions. What was an issue in the past in IT was today the challenge for the auto industry. Hardware as a purchase decision will be more and more in the background in the future. Smart and sustainable mobility solutions are gaining importance.

At NEVS, Michèl Annink is responsible for the future as Senior Director Mobility Services & Customer Journeys. He shows where the journey is going and gives lectures in Lindholmens Science Park, the Swedish Silicon Valley in Gothenburg. Or talk to the press, like the local TTELA, about the future of mobility.

Sustainable mobility, a greener future

I find it exciting to be there. Because we are actually fixated on hardware as a blog. Sure, we write about cars of a brand that no longer exists - which was still pretty analogue. But the future is moving forward, and NEVS and the commitment to sustainable mobility are a good addition to our content. When Michèl Annink talks about sustainable solutions, about vehicles as temporary objects, then it makes sense. 96% of its lifespan is a car idle somewhere, in the friendly case in the carport at home. But mostly somewhere in the inner-city area, where parking space is scarce and land prices are high. A waste of resources and a luxury that one cannot and should not actually afford in the metropolitan regions.

Lecture Lindholmen Science Park.
Lecture Lindholmen Science Park.

As a solution provider, NEVS wants to rely on car sharing right from the start. Temporary use where and when you want. With the right vehicle, which could be a city car or a van. The customer can decide whether to take the wheel himself or to let himself be driven. Personal preferences such as the seat setting and the desired temperature of the interior, the preferred performers and the scheduler can be called up via the cloud.

Electric car as a mobility solution

In China, NEVS is working with Panda New Energy. 150.000 electric cars and 100.000 minibuses and commercial vehicle are ordered. Panda New Energy will rent the electric cars to its customers. With or without chauffeur. For an hour, a day, or a longer period. Today, around 60% of the Chinese population live in urban agglomerations. The metropolises are heavily polluted. Sustainable mobility solutions, a relief for the inner-city area, are the challenges of the present.

If 2017 or 18 will roll the first NEVS hardware on the streets then it will be networked. Customers can access intelligent, sustainable, NEVS-specific mobility solutions. First in China, with some delay then in Sweden. Later in other parts of Europe and the rest of the world.

23 thoughts on "Sustainable mobility for a better future"

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    Not my future

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    Here the alarm bells ring when I read the hardware / software comparison.

    I heard that before 20 years ago. "Oh, the hardware is becoming so cheap and unimportant that it becomes an addition to the software". And now, 20 years later, what is the situation like?

    Hardware costs further money, software is thrown after one. And when the new iPhone comes out, people echauffieren over the changed message window, now in gray / white with elegant rounded corners, or discuss all about cameras (hardware), jack connectors (hardware) or the device color (hardware)?

    As an automaker, making car sales earns you money, not the provision of a service. It is the profit principle of automakers to have sold non-moving vehicles. On this basis, large parts of the German economy are based.

    Private transport. individual.

    The other manufacturers are all but join in, because they have got to miss a trend. Young city dwellers have fewer and fewer cars and no longer see them as a status symbol. But with so many rental cars you can not arrive against a subway network, and often not even against a bike.

    NEVS seems to have realized that the battery prices per unit of energy simply do not go down. So you need a survival concept, because they do not have the money for battery research. That would only have Apple.

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    Small estimate of the "battery capacity" of a SAAB 9000 (based on the available data on the long run): approx. 150 kWh of energy.

    Based on: 130 kW power, 227 km / h top speed, 27.1 liter / 100km consumption, 70 liter tank capacity.

    Which of the cars listed under [1] offers nearly that much?
    In addition, the capacity of the 9k is fully retained even after almost 30 years (unless the tank rusts through 😉) and I could "recharge" it to 3% within 5-100 minutes.


    BTW: There may of course be certain differences in energy efficiency between a conventionally powered car and an electric car, which I have not discussed here, which then put the whole thing into perspective ...

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    There was a market. I don't drive myself in a foreign car, just a taxi as a passenger. The lean cars are overloaded and unsafe. Never buy a lease auto..Michael Annick drive a 95 NG Sport Combi that we all wanted. And talk about mobility an old 93. With a wizard platform code?

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    Pretty international today. The Swedish commentator probably means that NEVS should finally build cars and not tell so much. Is correct, because the product ultimately matters. That must inspire, otherwise it will be nothing. I hope that someday really something really brilliant comes from Trollhättan, whether NEVS is on it or not. But time is getting slow.

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    Dax att producera bilar is a för att prata så mycket.
    Competitor commer med 500 km (GM), 400 km (Renault) and 640 km? Fisker med sina EVs inom kort.
    Sen har vi tesla med sina bilar, så om Nevs vill vara med på ett horn for dom nog lägga i en ny växel.

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    But there is a difference with NEVS. They put everything on one card, namely that this new mobility prevails. But if you read the comments here, you can see that not everyone is looking forward to this future and would like to continue on the old model. Corporations such as just VW make it a division and offer both ways in the future. If the new mobility vision does not prevail, the lights will probably go out again soon at NEVS.

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      The readers are thus fully in the trend. Youngtimers and classics are becoming more and more, the market is growing. A few Saabs bring color into everyday life.

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    Almost all car manufacturers carry out research in the field of car sharing, networking, electromobility, etc
    I don't see any difference between NEVS and the other manufacturers ...

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    Car sharing has long ceased to be new and, as experience shows, only makes sense in conurbations.

    The existing providers even restrict the permitted parking area in the city to an inner-city one. But it is precisely there, in the increasingly cyclist and pedestrian-friendly center of a city, with paid parking lots, congested streets and excellent public transport, that motorized private transport makes the least sense or fun ...

    No wonder then that car sharing - a solution for every now and then - there is a growth model.

    Apparently, the further away a car sharing company is from the city center, the more cars it has to hold ready for each potential customer, especially since almost all of their cars require more or less simultaneously or leave at the same time.

    You would need a completely different society in order to be able to share meaningfully and also be able to utilize shared cars.

    An 24 / 7 flexitime company, where some of the children are brought to school at 2 in the morning and some drive to the office when others have already done their shopping and dinner, would indeed save a lot of resources - not just in traffic ,

    School buildings and offices would be working around the clock, and families could build smaller houses with fewer bedrooms and bathrooms because it would make better use of beds and showers.

    But seriously, we are clocked and that's a good thing and that's why, because of the simultaneity, has any form of sharing borders.

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    The carsharing offer is growing permanently in Berlin. Saves properly costs and especially the everyday car. Saved money can be cleverly invested in a 9k and a dry parking space. If you have something for the sunny days and everything stays SAAB!

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    In the future, it will definitely have to go in the direction of car sharing and networking. I find right. However, I wonder if I would like to entrust my data to a more or less Chinese company. A cloud that a totalitarian regime has access to ... hm ...

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      They are so big that we have no alternative.

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    When I look at the "vehicle costs" item in my tax return, I am always amazed at the amount of entertainment costs that have flowed into and into the Saab over the past year ... I can also get a subscription from a mobility service provider that ensures my mobility during the week / on vacation / during the year.
    Sometimes I use a station wagon, even a convertible would be nice and with the sports group I can use the van well. For me it would be wonderful times! This mobility of course GREEN = Environmentally friendly!
    PS: the seats do not have to be preset for me ... 😉 (then maybe it works without the cloud ...)

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      Seats ???

      The times when cars were still produced with seats, but since the end of 1998 are over.
      In the near future, assuming you choose a product from Wolfsburg, you will have to do without them completely [1]. 😉

      BTW: Your mobility solution is _guaranteed_ not cheaper. And how "environmentally friendly" should fit together with the growth mania of a large corporation behind it, you have to explain to me first ...


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    La voiture électrique a une autonomie trop faible, elle ne restera que des voitures de ville. The problem of importants demeurent, en France l'électricité est produite par le nucléaire dont on ne sait pas détruire les déchets, en Allemagne c'est le charbon. Les batteries used ne seront pas encore correctement recyclées. The problem of the autonomy est majeur, pourquoi ne trouve t on pas de poids lourds avec 40 t et 1000 km d'autonomie en électrique: car on ne sait pas faire, il ya dans la technique des limites qu'on ne peut pas dépasser, c'est malheureusement le cas de cette mode pour l'électrique.

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    All data in the cloud, that should be the solution? Who protects the data against misuse? And who works with my data? The ideas may be good, the doubts are significant. Dear continue to drive analogously through the area

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      Even if I find a car in the future, if necessary, that knows all my preferences with the data from the cloud, and accordingly adapts perfectly to my preferences, etc., it will certainly fail because of the basic things: neither will I find the perfect seat for one Saab 9000 also make sure that the windshield is not distorted like the Saab 900 and I certainly won't find the many little things that I always have with me in the car and that would certainly fill a medium-sized trolley case. Not to mention the preferred child seat for the youngsters, which would then have to be removed and installed again and again. I think I'll continue to drive analogue as long as there is still some way, even if I am aware that this is pure luxury. The data in the cloud is not everything - the hardware has to be right, especially for everyday objects.

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    NEVS cars only available in car sharing? I'm finally out of it.
    I am too old-fashioned and would like to own and alone.
    That may sound old-fashioned, but that's just the way it is. Point.

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      That's how the manufacturers imagine the future. Not only at NEVS, but also the established providers go this way. VW wants mobility services to 13. Expand brand in the group. The car as a property will eventually be history. Whether these ideas prevail, the customers decide.

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        Yes, Volvo / Geely `s new brand is probably in this direction. Saab will not call her that, too bad. Read at Nordicweels.

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        “The car as property” is already history in the vast majority of cases. I am _absolutely_ sure that if everyone only drove what they could afford (and consequently also owned it), the vehicle fleet in Germany (and also the German auto industry) would look _diametrally_ different ... 😉

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