Crown Prince Haakon at a seminar on green technologies: – I try to be a realistic optimist

Norwegian electric car maker Think had to throw in the towel more than a decade ago just before the wave of electric cars really took off, but the crown prince still believes the pioneering project has left important marks in Norway.

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– I met many of those who worked at Think, and they are doing very well in many different industries now. And then I think it did a lot for the thought of electric cars in Norway that we had these Norwegian electric cars driving. And that’s something we’ve achieved – to increase the number of electric cars, emission-free cars in Norway, he said in his speech in Gothenburg today.

Crown Prince Haakon pictured with the Think electric car he drove from 2003 to 2012. The photo was taken during the opening of the ‘The King’s Cars’ exhibition this winter. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle/NTB.

I must have thought of when he was driving
The Crown Prince admits Think’s range has been mismeasured against today’s electric cars.

– The car is called Think, and you had to think a little because here the autonomy was not very long. So at first I could drive from Asker where we live to the office and back, but towards the end we had to charge at each location. But Norway invested in electric cars and we were allowed to drive in the taxi area so we could get through the queue faster, so there were several benefits too, he said.

ELECTRIC CAR MEMORY: Crown Prince Haakon showed a photo of himself and the electric car when he spoke during a visit to Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg. Photo: Annika Byrde/NTB

Also called for cross-border cooperation
Today the Crown Prince and Crown Princess conclude a three-day official visit to Sweden, where they visited Gothenburg and Stockholm, and were accompanied by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Sweden. A large business delegation is on the trip, and topics have included the sea, the environment, health, clean energy and specifically green industrial development – ​​of which Think was an example.

– I try to be a realistic optimist – also when it comes to the climate. I believe in the great potential of climate-friendly technologies. That many of the solutions to our challenges lie here – in the development and production of products and services that improve our lives and our planet at the same time, the Crown Prince said in his speech.

He also called for cross-border cooperation, both between Norway and Sweden, but also with other countries.

– There is no shortage of challenges, neither here in the Nordic countries, nor in Europe, nor on the planet as a whole: War in Ukraine. The consequences of the pandemic. Climate changes. If we are to succeed in finding good solutions, we will have to work together, across national borders, the Crown Prince said.

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