Decarbonising transportation through electrification is critical to helping companies and economies meet net-zero emissions targets. Fortunately, three forces are combining to make this vision for sustainable transportation a reality: connectivity, digitalisation, and cross-sector collaboration.\n\nIn a recent \u201cfireside chat\u201d on the topic of sustainable transportation, Erik Ekudden, CTO of Ericsson, and Christian Levin, CEO of Scania, discussed the importance of 5G connectivity and digitalisation in helping companies meet their net-zero goals. This subject is critical to both companies. Ericsson is committed to halving carbon emissions by 2030 while Scania\u2019s electrification commitment stipulates that half its vehicle sales are to be battery-electric vehicles (BEV) by 2030.\n\nDuring their discussion, Levin identified 5G connectivity from Ericsson as fundamentally important to enabling Scania\u2019s future transportation model. This is because a great deal of information will need to flow during the transition to sustainable transportation \u2013 from the digital support of electric vehicles, to providing customers with information on where to charge their vehicles and how to optimise the charging process. The connectivity and access to fast data enabled by Ericsson is already proving invaluable to Scania, underpinning R&D processes that have resulted in its latest fuel-efficient engine platform.\n\nLevin added that his business is finding \u201cmore and more\u201d use cases for leveraging data, whether that be improving products, better assisting customers or using geo-location tracking.\n\n\n\n5G connectivity also supports the broader role for digitalisation in enabling sustainable transportation. For Ericsson and Scania, digitalisation holds the various components of electrified transportation together. One takeaway from the debate on this topic is that as the world moves to a sustainable transportation ecosystem all players will need to collaborate more closely, including communications technology providers like Ericsson, vehicle manufacturers like Scania, and the energy and grid companies that will provide the power infrastructure.\n\nAs Levin explains: \u201cWe should see [digitalisation] as a glue that is holding the different systems together\u2026without this glue, we will not be able to do the transition.\u201d\n\nSo, how exactly can companies from different industries best support one another? According to Ekudden and Levin, what\u2019s needed is a change in business logic, moving away from supplier-buyer relationships to true partnerships, while standardising on the very latest in connectivity technologies such as 5G. This approach has proven to be a winning strategy in many industries by accelerating technology development and will now prove vital as the world transitions to more sustainable transportation.\n\nEkudden explains: \u201cIt\u2019s super important to be early on the latest technology but also to put new requirements on the next generation of that platform because that guides some of the competitiveness of the offering [being brought] to market.\u201d\n\n\n\nAs transportation moves to an electrified future, companies like Ericsson and Scania are building new partner ecosystems and leveraging the latest in network connectivity and digitalisation to innovate. Together, Ericsson and Scania are committed to mitigating climate change with new technology and the result will be a transportation system that is exponentially better for our planet.\n\nClick here to watch Ericsson and Scania\u2019s fireside chat in full.\n\nEricsson and Scania are members of the Exponential Roadmap, a science-based, cross-sector initiative to accelerate exponential climate action and solutions. Learn more here.