Mobility is the lifeblood of society, enabling the exchange of people, ideas and culture as well as propelling economic growth. In alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, next generation transportation needs to be affordable, environmentally friendly and seamlessly integrated with user-friendly technologies. Next generation transport also includes efficient management of logistic supply chains, rail-based mobility solutions and game changing business model innovations such as battery swapping and ride sharing services.
By 2030, India will have at least 7 cities with above 10 million inhabitants, increasing the strain on local public transportation and intra-city connectivity. India’s government has an ambitious target of 30% electrification of the vehicle fleet by 2030, and a long-term aim of reaching 100%. Swedish cities have a long tradition of public transport, including a track-record of successfully operating electric buses and alternative fuel ecosystems.
Despite the rapid speed of change in the transport sector, crucial challenges remain. These include technical limitations such as battery performance, economic feasibility of infrastructure investments and legislative complications for emerging solutions to be piloted, implemented and scaled. The complexity of the transformation calls for an ecosystem approach, where end-users, technology providers and policy makers actively engage with resources and competencies in joint co-creation projects.
UNNATI bridges Indian and Swedish innovators with the aim of forming strategic partnerships and market-oriented R&D consortia to enable implementation and scaling of next generation transportation solutions around the globe.