Born in 1953 in Sursee, Switzerland
Staff Editor: Please tell us something about your career and profession.
Urs Schwegler: I studied transportation engineering at the Swiss Federal Technology Institute of Zurich and have a long experience in the promotion of energy-efficient road vehicles. I am involved in NewRide, the Swiss promotion programme for electric two-wheelers. I participated in various international research projects of the EU and the IEA. I am a member of the management of e’mobile, the Swiss section of AVERE.
SE: When and how did you get involved in LEVs?
US: As a transportation engineer, I wrote a research report on the integration of LEV's into the existing urban traffic system. After that I was working on the setting up a competition for a Large Scale Fleet Test with Lightweight Electric Vehicles in a Swiss City (which became the Mendrisio project).
SE: What is your personal motivation to work in LEVs?
US: Actually, neither the industry nor the policy seem to be aware of the potential of LEV's, namely e-bikes and e-scooters, regarding an element for sustainable mobility. My mission is to get them together and set favourable conditions for accelerating the development and the market introduction of these vehicles.
Bureau for transportation planning,
Languages: German and English
August 16, 2007