Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Swedish capital promotes electric vehicles

STOCKHOLM. The City of Stockholm together with Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has presented a joint effort to introduce electric vehicles in the Swedish capital. A number of producers are ready to have their electric vehicles on the Swedish market early next year.
“Electric cars are a very important component in Stockholm’s ambitions to continue to be a strong and dynamic growth region at the same time as we lower our impact on the climate”, says Ulla Hamilton, vice mayor for environment and traffic.
The City of Stockholm and Vattenfall are taking the initiative for a joint procurement framework for both businesses and municipalities in the larger Stockholm region. The idea is to put pressure on distributers of electric vehicles by offering them a large number of potential buyers.
At a presentation earlier this week a number car manufacturers, Volvo was one of them, demonstrated cars that would ready for market introduction during 2011.
The City of Stockholm has a goal to be free of fossil fuels by 2050 and the vision “Electric Vehicle City 2030” is a way to reach that target. By the end of 2011 there are plans for some 250 charging points for electric vehicles in the city.
By 2030 Stockholm wants to set an international example in both the number of electric vehicles in the city as well as in the number of charging points.
Danish capital Copenhagen presented similar ambitions late last year as the friendly Nordic rivalry in eco-friendliness continues.

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