Swedes prank electric car show with a 100-year-old electric streetcar

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Leave it to Swedes to come up with the politely sharp repartee rail promoters often lack by taking a vintage streetcar to a cutting edge electric automobile show.

Western Sweden's public transit manager, Västtrafik, is responsible for the glossy, deadpan exhibit at eCarExpo in Gothenburg — which the transport provider claims is the largest electric car show in Sweden.

In a news release, Västtrafik CEO Lars Backström says that while electric cars are part of a solution to "urban challenges," they are only part of the solution.

"Many people are talking about the electric car revolution, but at the moment only about half a percent of all car trips in Sweden are electric," Backström says. "Public transport in Western Sweden is already 45 percent electric, and by next year that number will be 65 percent. We certainly encourage the transition within the automotive industry, but it takes time to change an entire business. Mass transit is already sustainable and now we're taking another leap."

More information is available online. 

— From a Västtrafik news release. Dec. 2, 2019.
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