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The Dutch Royal Couple, the Federal President of Austria and his Wife Visit AVL to Exchange on Technologies for Sustainable Mobility

Strengthening sustainable mobility, connected society and cultural exchange.

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At the invitation of the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited AVL, one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies at its headquarters in Graz, Austria. Under the theme sustainable mobility, connected society and cultural exchange, the couples have been welcomed to technology dialogues to exchange views about “Smart and Sustainable Mobility Technologies” with representatives from politics and business.


Graz, Austria, June 29, 2022: During their three-day state visit to Austria, the royal couple, accompanied by the Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife, Doris Schmidauer, the Federal Austrian Ministers Leonore Gewessler and Martin Kocher, and further high representatives of Austria and the Netherlands, traveled to AVL’s headquarters in Graz. The top priority of the visit was to discuss future sustainable mobility concepts and to exchange ideas with experts of AVL and industry partners. The dialogues included innovations in e-mobility and battery technology, autonomous and connected mobility, as well as fuel cell and hydrogen applications.

Prof. Helmut List, Chairman and CEO of AVL, welcomed the royal couple, the Federal President of Austria and his wife in AVL’s Garden of Encounters. “We are pleased to discuss and to present the latest innovation on e-mobility technologies including batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen for a green, climate-neutral mobility,” stated Prof. List.

AVL was honored to showcase latest technology insights in the fields of smart and sustainable mobility in bilateral technology dialogues within a guided tour through the headquarters. Among the highlights was the new AVL Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Test Center, which is one of the largest and most advanced test sites for fuel cells and electrolysis systems in the world. Additionally, NXP, Thinkport Vienna, and AVL presented their smart and electrified mobility solutions, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD). Finally, the delegates visited the AVL Battery Innovation Center, established by AVL and Rosendahl Nextrom for the development, implementation, and validation of highly efficient battery production processes.

Federal President Van der Bellen is confident: “Companies like AVL with a relentless research and innovation spirit are important for Austria as international technology providers to also reach climate goals working on sustainable mobility solutions.”

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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