Sweden recognizes the future appears to be in — Electric vehicles. In fact, several projects have been launched in the country with this goal in mind. Volvo Cars has announced it will be providing supplementary training for up to 20,000 employees in the next four years. Hkan Samuelsson, the CEO of Volvo, states it is doing so to further the employees' knowledge in electrification.
"Car manufacturers are turning their focus to artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and the production of electric cars. Volvo, a Swedish brand has begun equipping its cars with Drive Me, their driver assistance technology. The carmaker isn't alone in this either. Scania, another company, is working on autonomous transportation solutions. The automotive industry is undergoing a transformation and car manufacturers in Sweden must keep up," Anders Tibbling, spokesperson for Svenska nyheter, explains.
Samuelsson recently told Sveriges Radio the great shift in technology has lead to a demand for new competence at Volvo. The company seeks to expand the education of those already employed with the carmaker. Doing so helps to ensure the company remains competitive in the industry.
"However, Volvo is not alone in looking to the future. Actually, tens of thousands of workers in Sweden need new competence if they wish to continue in the automotive industry. This is of great importance, as roughly one-fifth of Swedish exports come from the industry. Otherwise, the country as a whole could find they have economic difficulties because they are falling behind countries such as China and Germany," Tibbling continues.
Forbes Magazine recently reported electric vehicles are expected to make up 65 to 75 percent of all light-duty vehicle sales in the United States by 2050. America has more registered vehicles than any other country in terms of sheer numbers. In fact, there were more than 272,000,000 vehicles in the country in 2017. If carmakers wish to continue to sell in the country, they must offer the types of vehicles drivers desire. This appears to be electric cars.
"Peter Bryntesson serves as a senior advisor at the Scandinavian Automotive Supplier Association (FKG). He reports Sweden cannot simply keep up with competing countries in this area. They must be one step ahead at all times. With the help of training programs such as the one being offered by Volvo, it appears the country may be able to achieve this goal," Tibbling declares.
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