Lennart Stegland, President, Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, Volvo Car Corporation, and Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO, Volvo Car Corporation
A SEMINAR, titled “Innovations towards Zero,” explored the latest findings on safety and electrification of vehicles at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning, June 9. The event was organized by Volvo Car Corporation and SACC (Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce) Washington, D.C. (www.sacc-dc.org).
AMONG THE prominent government and industry experts, who discussed electric vehicles and safety technologies, were Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), senior policy advisor, Arent Fox LLP; Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corp.; Lennart Stegland, president, Volvo Car Special Vehicles, Volvo Car Corp,; Patrick Davis, program manager of the Vehicle Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy; O. Kevin Vincent, chief counsel, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Charles Gassenheimer, CEO and chairman, Ener1, Inc.; and Jeffrey W. Runge, principal, The Chertoff Group, and former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
MR. JACOBY declared that Volvo has the goal that by 2020 no one should be killed in a new Volvo.
WITH MORE THAN two-thirds of America’s petroleum use being consumed by transportation, many of the speakers talked about seeking alternative forms of energy to power vehicles.
ADDITIONALLY THE participants discussed some of the latest and future innovations, and how manufacturers, government and the public can work together to reduce emissions as well as fatalities and injuries on the roads. Guests had also the opportunity to see innovative products and car models on display in Anna Lindh Hall at the House of Sweden.