Triggo reveals micro-electric car for global launch across major cities in 2021


By Adam Milczarek

Triggo S.A., an engineering design company founded in Poland, has announced the launch of its first fully electric urban mobility vehicle, combining the safety and comfort features of a car with the maneuverability and parking benefits of a scooter. In mid-June, the company concluded an agreement to complete homologation of Triggo with the Automotive Industry Institute and is already in talks with major car distributors worldwide.

Triggo’s electric vehicle has been developed in response to the growing demand for “future-orientated” urban mobility in the large metropolitan markets of Europe, Asia, and the Americas, such as autonomous robo-taxis and car-sharing services. Triggo vehicles are designed to ease pressure on busy urban transport infrastructure and meet future transport needs in smart cities and towns through improved urban mobility.

With a view toward commercialization in 2021, Triggo is in discussion with major players from across the industry, operating on different continents, and includes international automotive corporations looking for ways to improve urban mobility. The company is also in talks to license the manufacturing of its vehicles by third party manufacturers.

The two-seater vehicle, which has been in development since 2015, has a unique variable chassis that enables drivers to choose between two modes: cruising -mode for speeds up to 90km/h and maneuver-mode, at speeds of 25km/h to nip through traffic and park like a scooter. The vehicle uses innovative “Drive-by-Wire” digital control and replaceable batteries, alleviating charging stops and the need for a public charging station infrastructure. Its spacious, enclosed, two-seater cabin fulfills user requirements for safety systems as well as multimedia and comfort features such as bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning.

Triggo’s development comes as the support for zero-emission vehicles and shared transport services continues to grow. According to Deloitte, by 2040, 50 percent of passenger cars in the world will be powered electrically, and by 2030, between 56 to 160 million electric cars will be on the road. Urban transport experts predict that over the next decade, users of car-sharing systems may increase several times to over 35 million people and vehicles fleets to over 400,000 units, compared to today’s 100,000.

Rafal Budweil, CEO and founder of Triggo S.A., says, “We completed work on the pre-production version of Triggo earlier this year and recently completed our offer for licensing the vehicle so we can begin serial production by 2021. We are extremely excited about the progress we have made with Triggo, which is at the forefront of technology and provides an innovative and environmentally friendly solution for improving urban mobility. We welcome the ongoing interest from top international automotive corporations who recognize the benefits offered by our product as they look for innovative solutions in tackling urban mobility. We are keen to collaborate with the automotive industry going forward and are open to conversations with all entities interested in cooperation with Triggo.”

A breakthrough in Triggo technology is its variable geometry chassis, which allows you to drive in two modes: road-mode for high speed stability and maneuver-mode, where the vehicle efficiently maneuvers in traffic jams and takes up very little parking space. The vehicle has been designed and built from scratch by Polish technical expertise. Triggo consists of 22 engineers specializing in mechanical design, composites, electronics, and software.

Triggo’s potential results from the sale of both the product and the license, and its business model focuses on two pillars. The first assumes concentration on the Mobility-as-a-Service market. The project is a response to the growing demand for future-oriented urban electromobility services in the largest metropolitan markets in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The second pillar is Robo-taxi. It is a forward-looking market for passenger transport services, combining high nominal gross margin observed in car sharing systems with significant unit revenues (Uber, Bold, etc.). The key aspect here is the autonomous redeployment of vehicles, leading to a significant increase in the average number of journeys per vehicle. Robo-taxi do not require driver participation in vehicle redeployment thereby overcoming the main cost of existing MaaS and taxi solutions.

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