Liveblogging the 2019 Nordic Innovation Conference, Seattle (5)–“Keynote: Electrification of Transport the Nordic Way”

Ketil Solvik-Olsen, former Minister of Transport and Communications for Norway, a “trailing spouse for wife, a medical doctor in USA now”

  1. Norway: Population 5.3 million; lowest population density in Eruope, after Iceland; 80 percent live in urban areas; 49 aiports with scheduled flights; 4200 km railways; 29000 km coastline, 32 ports connected to the national transport grid
  2. Transportation is main source of C02 emissions 31%; population growth means increased traffic; Oslo region population in 2014 1.2 million; by 2030, 1.5 million; 2060 1.8 million
  3. Transport: attractiveness and vehicles. Now Norway is Number 1 on electric cars; CO2 emissions beginning to decline from this factor. Will meet Paris Agreement because of these factors. Comment on electric buses: riders like them because they can talk easier on bus, much quieter
  4. Norway will have 60-70 ferries with battery-hybrid energy packs by 2021; experimenting with hydrogen-powered ferry
  5. Government is promoter or stimulator of market; helps develop a market
  6. Working to electrify construction industry equipment; excavators, for example, don’t move very far when onsite; easy to recharge
  7. Electric planes; photo of Ketil Solvik-Olsen with CEO of electric plane company–you need leadership to demonstrate confidence in new technology

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