For the first times for months I have been able to run with shorts, the last couple of days here in Bangalore in India. Yesterday, Maria Karlsson turned out to be an enthusiastic runner. We took two laps around the horse race track in total 7km.
At breakfast some of the other Swedish speakers joined in; Bo Galle (Chalmers University), Niclas Gustavsson (Volvo Cars), Inge Horkeby, Lennart Pilskog, and Lars Mårtensson (Volvo), Lars-Erik Liljelund (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency) and Lars Nilsson (Swedish Road Administration). We had an inspiring talk on the future on environmental priorities in Sweden.
We had the opportunity to show one of our Volvo B7RLE city buses from India and we also took the opportunity to Inform about our Hosakote bus body plant that was inaugurated last week. Akash Passey, that I learned to know during his time in Sweden, is our managing director.
After the press conference we had a seminar series on sustainable mobility. For me as a newcomer to India, I learned a lot about the priorities and local conditions. In many ways the need for a firm political leadership is as essential as in Europe.
There were many highlights. If I have to choose one, Prof. Gita Sen possibly raised the, for me, most complex issue about the availability of public transports for the people. When sharing the same streets as the three wheelers and two wheelers the average speed is less than 10 km/h. With the present traffic situation the public transport for most people is too slow to be efficient and they therefore have to choose less environmentally friendly solutions such as two wheelers.