Author Archives: volvobuses

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner with a half marathon personal best of 1.24.

Towards cleaner cities

I would say that London was the first city with a constructive plan for emission abatement. The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, issued a call for green transportation already in 2006 in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. The first objective was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Modern cities

  Especially with growing population, many cities around the world have concerns about air quality and noise. Legislation for emissions has gradually grown stricter for cars, buses and trucks alike. Buses naturally face tougher challenges and demands as they drive … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Visiting the Album conference

One Monday back, some dramatic clouds appeared over our offices at Arendal in Gothenburg. Unfortunately, I am not keen on extreme weather patterns and I had to catch a flight to Edinburgh that afternoon. As the song title from 1944 goes, we were “Coming in on … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New infrastructure approaches to BRT

  Introducing Jorge Suarez Today our city mobility colleague Jorge Suarez presents a “guest blog” on the subject of new approaches to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure. Jorge recently moved to Sweden to join the City Mobility team. He has been … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prioritizing bus paths

Last week my city mobility colleague, Magnus Broback, made a presentation at a seminar about public transportation in Shanghai and we took the opportunity to visit some of our contacts while visiting. As an old city that is still growing, Shanghai struggles … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Don’t panic

”Don’t Panic” is the phrase on the cover of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”. This is possibly the best advice that can be given to mankind, according to the author Douglas Adams “Don’t Panic” is also the title of … Continue reading

Posted in City planning, sustainable transport, Urbanization | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Green Gothenburg

This week Business Region Göteborg, which has the mission to create long term sustainable growth in the Gothenburg region, hosted a full day seminar dedicated to the electric hybrid bus technologies and services. The focus of the day was primarily … Continue reading

Posted in Business region Götborg, ElectriCity project, hybrid technology, public transport, sustainable transport | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

175 billion dollars

The Transforming Transportation conference took place in Washington DC this month. The event is organized and hosted by Embarq, ITDP, The Worldbank, The World Resource Institute and a number of development banks. This was my first time attending this event. … Continue reading

Posted in sustainable transport | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Buses are democratic

I recently had the unique opportunity to meet with two ministers in India and dicuss different aspects of public transportation and buses in general. Our lengthy dicussions produced many different insights into the topic. Here is what I discovered… Politicians … Continue reading

Posted in public transport | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Funiculaire

Last week, I got the opportunity to visit Switzerland. Switzerland is probably the country with the best public transport in the world. It is affordable and highly attractive at the same time. The high standards are achieved by a combination … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments