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?
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.
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.