At MobilityXlab, seven partners collaborate together, and there is a regular rotation of the Chair of the Board. Since the beginning of the year, the position belongs to Nils Mösko, Global Head of Strategy and Business Development at Polestar. We had a chat with him, about his plans for the program, and the importance of sustainability in the mobility sector.
As the new chairperson of our Steering Board for the next 12 months, you are probably keen to set your footprint on things. What plans do you have in place for MobilityXlab?
First of all, I'm grateful for the opportunity to contribute to MobilityXlab's future development and to foster collaborations within the automotive industry. I look forward to placing a greater emphasis on sustainability - Polestar sees a significant need for innovation in that area, as well as significant potential in collaborating with both startups and partners. Collaboration with partner companies, within industries and multilateral collaborations is a topic that we all seem to have on our minds.
Polestar was the latest partner to join MobilityXlab and has been in the program for about a year. What are the impressions you got in this first year?
We've had a very positive first impression. The organization and the process are very professional, with great marketing to find interesting startups for pitch week. We've also received excellent support from the MobilityXlab team along with continued collaboration with the startups. It will be interesting to follow the journey forward and see when Polestar and the other partners and startups reach concrete results and PoCs. It's a bit too early to tell for us, but we see a lot of potential in the work being done.
One final reflection I've made is that Gothenburg has proven to be such an exciting area for mobility and tech development. Where else can you find 5-6 OEMs in a radius of 5 km?
Sustainability is an important value for Polestar as well as the other partners. How do you see the role of startup collaboration in reaching zero-emission mobility?
To achieve zero emissions in the entire supply chain and production, as we aim to do with the Polestar 0 project, there is a lot of work to be done, much research to be conducted, and many solutions to be found. This is not something that can be easily accomplished alone. We need startups, industry players, and regulators to come together. There is a lot of potential in tech development right now and in the future, and there is something exciting happening when startups collaborate with the industry. Working together, we can achieve great things.
MobilityXlab has the mission to also drive collaboration among the partners. Why do you think this is important and how can it be achieved?
Collaboration is fun! And imagine what we can accomplish together! For example, Polestar recently released the Pathway report, a report proving that the automotive industry is far off track to meet the 1.5-degree target of the Paris Agreement. Climate action on several fronts is needed simultaneously, and this can only be achieved by collective action. As an industry, we need to identify areas where we can collaborate and compete. Startups can provide new perspectives and solutions and help shake things up a bit.
Finally, what would you say future mobility is to you?
Future mobility is exciting and electric, of course! I also believe it will be personalized to my needs, whether it's the car, truck, autonomous taxi, or e-scooter I book through my personal app. We're at the beginning of a new era for mobility, and it's thrilling to be part of it.