Johanneberg Science Park in new partnership with Volvo Cars
Johanneberg Science Park has signed a partner agreement with Volvo Cars in order to strengthen the role of mobility in future urban development processes. By developing and testing new mobility solutions in collaboration with construction and housing companies, academia and public actors, among others, the aim is to find new ways forward for sustainable urban development as well as for a West Swedish automotive industry at the forefront.
- Today, it is a must to take transport and mobility into consideration when planning new construction projects. Furthermore, issues such as carsharing and the electrification of vehicles are highly topical. That is why it is so valuable for us to welcome Volvo Cars as an active partner, who can further strengthen us in our ambition to become Sweden's leading collaborative arena for a sustainable urban development, says Mats Bergh, CEO of Johanneberg Science Park.
Through its involvement in projects such as HSB Living Lab, Riksbyggen’s Housing Association Viva and the EU project IRIS Smart Cities, Johanneberg Science Park, together with its partners, explores new ways of living and working that reduce the overall climate footprint. Many of these projects are gathered around Campus Johanneberg of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. This is also where Johanneberg Science Park is situated and gathers its cluster of stakeholders. The area also has a history of testing innovative mobility concepts such as self-driving minibuses, package-delivering robots and the collaboration ElectriCity's electric bus.
- Even before the Corona pandemic, the automotive industry was facing major changes concerning electrification, autonomization and an overall increased density in urban areas where transport involves different types of strain. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we are one step ahead and develop products that, in many aspects, improve the quality of life for our customers. Together with the network at Johanneberg Science Park, we look forward to more carefully investigating the role of the car in tomorrow’s society, says Paul Welander, Senior Vice President at Volvo Cars.
Johanneberg Science Park is founded and jointly owned by the City of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. In addition, the Region Västra Götaland and 16 private companies are partners, including AB Volvo, Akademiska Hus, Bengt Dahlgren AB, Chalmersfastigheter, Förvaltnings AB Framtiden, Göteborg Energi, HSB, Husqvarna AB, MölnDala Fastighets AB, Peab AB, Riksbyggen, Tyréns AB, Skanska, Volvo Cars, Wallenstam and White architects. Johanneberg Science Park also runs the West Sweden Chemicals and Materials Cluster with 45 member organizations and a network of over 150 small and medium-sized companies. Volvo Cars is a partner of Johanneberg Science Park from May 2020.