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Swedish state to invest in new test environment at Lindholmen in Gothenburg

Swedish state to invest in new test environment

The Swedish government has promised to invest one billion Swedish krona in a new test environment for electric vehicles at Lindholmen in Gothenburg. The move further strengthens the Gothenburg region’s position as one of the world’s leading clusters in the shifting automotive industry.

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After the news of Geely’s innovation centre comes an additional big investment connected to Lindholmen Science Park.  

And it’s an investment with high expectations. Large actors in the region have been waiting for some time for such a decision from the government. Electrification is a mega trend in the shifting automotive industry. The likes of Volvo Trucks, Volvo Cars, Cevt and Geely have all announced ambitious plans around electric vehicles.

The new test centre will be owned by Chalmers University of Technology and Rise, the Swedish Research Institute, which is headquartered at Lindholmen.

“It’s about securing future jobs in Sweden and making sure that Swedish industry is at the forefront,” said Mikael Damberg when he presented the news at a press conference at Lindholmen.

He pointed out the ambitious plans of Gothenburg’s car developers, Volvo Cars and Cevt.

“But we also know that heavy vehicle makers are also looking at electrification, especially connected to urban environments.”

However, still required is parliament’s passing of the budget proposal and an agreement with industry on co-financing. There will be no state funding if industry doesn’t go in under the same conditions.

Large actors Volvo, Volvo Cars, Scania and Cevt also took part in the press conference where they promised to invest – both for testing possibilities and for the skill supply benefits to an industry facing major changes.

The exact location of the centre still needs to be resolved. Rise and Chalmers together with the City of Gothenburg are currently searching after a suitable property.

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