Map of the suggested route for the Swedish Cannonball International ZEV Run. Your route may vary from that shown, for example to take in fast charge locations, and so long as the start and finish lines are the same, that is not a problem.
Sweden is keen on implementing sustainable policies but so far, as with other Scandinavian countries they have given little thought to ways of accelerating such transition, leaving it to industry to take the hint from policies that are not enforceable.
What is clear is that traditional generating companies are being overtaken by offshore concerns. This turn of events may eventually see coal and other energy producers going to the wall, for their refusal to change. Renewable resources like wind and solar electricity that will ultimately herald in a sustainable green economy, will need a system for providing energy for transport that is way more efficient than fast charging.
Sweden is the seventh-richest country in the world in terms of GDP (gross domestic product) per capita and a high standard of living is experienced by its citizens. Sweden is an export-oriented mixed economy. Timber, hydropower and iron ore constitute the resource base of an economy with a heavy emphasis on foreign trade. Sweden's engineering sector accounts for 50% of output and exports, while telecommunications, the automotive industry and the pharmaceutical industries are also of great importance. Sweden is the ninth-largest arms exporter in the world. Agriculture accounts for 2% of GDP and employment. The country ranks among the highest for telephone and Internet access penetration.
PRIME MINISTER Kjell Stefan Löfven (born 21 July 1957) is a Swedish politician who has been Prime Minister of Sweden since 3 October 2014. He is also Leader of the Social Democratic Party since 2012. He had worked as a welder before becoming an active trade unionist and rising to lead the powerful IF Metall from 2006 to 2012. Löfven led the Social Democratic Party to election victory in the September 2014 election by carrying 31 percent of the vote. Löfven announced on election night that he would form a government with the Green Party. After a budget defeat the PM called a news conference, telling reporters that new elections would enable voters to "make a choice in the face of this new political landscape". Under the constitution he cannot officially call a national poll until 29 December 2014.
KING OF SWEDEN Carl XVI Gustaf (full name: Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, born 30 April 1946) is the reigning King of Sweden. On 15 September 1973, he succeeded his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf. He is the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The King's heir apparent, upon passage on 1 January 1980 of a new law establishing absolute primogeniture (the first such law passed in European history), is Crown Princess Victoria, the eldest child of the King and his wife, Queen Silvia. The King does not normally look so stern.
CANNONBALL INTERNATIONAL EV SERIES
The Cannonball International EV Run™ series is for battery or hydrogen fuel cell powered electric vehicles that are based on ordinary production vehicle running gear and must be capable of carrying at least one passenger. They may be solar assisted, provided that the solar panel area does not exceed four square meters - a rule that may be relaxed in subsequent years as we learn from experience. Solar panels must form part of the car's normal bodywork, with no appendages to increase surface area. See the full Cannonball EV rules HERE. These rules are designed to promote the development of an international EV infrastructure, as a means of accelerating the transition from IC engines to clean electric motors, or other zero emission transportation, especially in countries that do not have abundant sunshine, where support for non-solar assisted electric vehicles is all the more important.
Make sure that you read the EV runners road rules before entering your team. Each person completing a recognized run will receive a Blue Riband eco medal. The competitor with the highest scores overall in any one year will have their name inscribed on the Bluebird World Cup.
KARLSBORG to GOTHENBURG : THE SWEDISH CANNONBALL ZEV RUN SUGGESTED STOPS FOR @ 50mph AVE.
GOOGLE SUGGESTED ROUTE - Driving directions for a 24 HR target with cartridge exchange and 36 hours with fast charging (This route has tolls)
NORTH - Karlsborg, Sweden
Get on Route 56/E18 in Västerås - 133 km / 1 h 38 min
Merge onto Friggagatan
- 550 m
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Odinsgatan
- 450 m
Turn right onto Polhemsplatsen - 52 m
OFFICIAL CANNONBALL INTERNATIONAL ZEV ROUTES
EUROSTATION CONCEPT: From the plan and end views of the concept Eurostation for smart cities (above), you may care to agree that the land, footprint) requirement is significantly smaller than any conventional petrol/diesel forecourt. The Ecostar DC50 (currently under construction) is shown here to scale to give you some idea of size. The DC50 is 300mm longer than a Smart car and the cartridge shown is actually more suited to the super-minis and hatchbacks that are so popular today. You do not need to get out of an EV being serviced, having entering the tunnel. The mechanism is automated. Solar roofs are advocated by way of harvesting a small percentage of energy from nature to further offset climate change.
A EuroStation can be configured for different capacities for upwards of 40 cartridges in unit multiples of 20. Power generation utilities are most likely to realise the potential for storing electricity for cars, and so opening up a fresh market for electricity that is falling in price and making some companies unprofitable.
conceptual designs for a Universal energy cartridge, both with 8 cubic feet of
storage capacity. It is not so much the shape
of the cartridge, it is that the loading points are compatible with the car and any
station. The pick-up and contact point details are not
shown here due to patent laws prohibiting advance publication. Any shape
cartridge may be suitable for a Bluebird™ service forecourt, provided that
the basic "Universal" connectors are used. We will release these
details one the applicable patent is in the processing
pipeline. Patent application is dependent on identifying a demand. An
unusual situation, but with only twenty years to recover investment, no
sensible IP company (like ourselves) will want to start the clock ticking
too soon. One possible solution to that dilemma, is a binding Agreement with
potential end users - to, in effect overcome patent
law failings. The same forecourt might be used to
service fuel-cell cars powered by liquid hydrogen or hydride pellets,
where the cartridge is compatible. One size fits
WORLD ELECTRIC CAR SALES 2013
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The principal forms of direct financing that may be provided by the EBRD are loans, equity and guarantees.
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Equity investments may be undertaken in a variety of forms. When the EBRD takes an equity stake, it expects an appropriate return on its investment and will only take a minority position. Read more
are also provided by the Bank to help borrowers gain access to
Assistance through financial intermediaries - One of the EBRD’s key aims is to support the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are crucial to nurturing a private sector economy. To do this, we may make equity and loan financing available to SMEs through a range of intermediaries throughout our countries of operations.
These intermediaries include banks in which the EBRD has an equity stake or with which it has signed a loan, and investment or venture capital funds in which the EBRD has made an investment. Read more
The EBRD may also provide direct financing and support for SMEs through a number of loan and equity facilities.
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FORMER PM John Fredrik Reinfeldt was the 32nd Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2014. He has been chairman of the liberal conservative Moderate Party since 2003 and was the last rotating President of the European Council in 2009.
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