The political week at Almedalen in the city of Visby on the island of Gotland is a Swedish tradition since the end of the 1960’s. A lot of political leaders from the federal “riksdag” to the local organisations “kommuner” meet with NGOs, industrial leaders, representatives of trade and other interest groups. The seminars and meetings are open for all and the atmosphere is of the character “eager to learn from one another”.
I have not visited Gotland since I was a kid and can only vaguely remember the tourist attractions of the Lummelunda Caves, the monumental cliffs “Raukar” and the “wild” Gotlandsruss horses of the forests of Gotland. When running into former Swedish Minister of Finance, Allan Larsson, (the type of accidental meetings that characterize the Almedalen week) he recommended two new attractions. First the new museum of Ingemar Berman (Swedish film director), the Ingmar Bergman Centre at the island of Fårö. Another more recent goal for many visitors is Vamlingsbo vicarage. Vamlingsbo presents the vicarage itself as a cultural historical café, Lars Jonsson arts museum, a forum for the Baltic Sea and the “Naturrum” that displays and explains the nature and the animals and plants in the area.
Volvo plug-in hybrid bus on its way to demonstrate the new city mobility: silent, clean and energy efficient. The hybrid bus worked its way through the days in line traffic between the Airport and the Almedalen stop. The plug-in bus was operated by Flygbussarna, that used their own skilled drivers for the traffic.
The plug-in bus made its own statement. Where can you better demonstrate the impact of the new mobility than along the Visby harbor cafés, restaurants, sailboats, pedestrians and bikes?
Journalists, politicians and officials such as general directors learned to know the plug-in bus from the inside already when going from the airport. Several Volvo officials contributed to the seminars.
The plug-in bus was displayed yesterday at the Volvo Mingle, as well. Niklas Gustavsson Executive Vice President Volvo and Hans Ramer Senior Vice President Volvo Bus presented the Volvo Group activities and plans for energy efficient and carbon dioxide lean future products and services. The plug-in bus (Hyperbus project) reduce the energy by 60% and the fuel consumption by 80% on a yearly average for a 10 km rout. Hazardous emissions are brought down by 80% relative the legislated emission level.