EIT InnoEnergy will help Remagen-based e-bility expand its products and services, which include an exchangeable smart battery system with potential to be used for other products.
European innovation institute EIT InnoEnergy is working with start-up e-bility, which is the company behind the Kumpan Electric e-scooter brand, as part of its drive to build a portfolio of sustainable mobility start-ups.
EIT InnoEnergy will help e-bility, based in the German town of Remagen, expand its products and services into more European markets, including Spain, France, Benelux, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria.
EIT InnoEnergy highlights that electric micro-mobility is a growing segment of the overall mobility market. According to the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), registration of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 58,295 in the first nine months of 2019, representing a 61 per cent increase on the same period in 2018.
It will provide e-bility with access to its ecosystem and full range of resources from technology development to go-to-market support, as well as funding of around €3 million.
A key project goal is to further complement e-bility’s flagship product family, the Kumpan 1954Ri with 4 kW and 70 km/h and 7 kW and 100 km/h versions.
“The technology encapsulated within their smart battery system could become a de-facto standard for the sustainable design of all sorts of products.”
It will also invest in Kumpan Electric’s exchangeable smart battery system, a plug-and-play solution controlled by artificial intelligence software. This can be detached from the scooter and re-charged in standard sockets and has the potential to be applied to a range of other products from power tools to lawnmowers.
“e-bility’s vision represents the boldness needed to transition to sustainable models of mobility,” said Christian Müller, CEO for InnoEnergy Germany.
“However, their potential impact extends far beyond mobility. The technology encapsulated within their smart battery system could become a de-facto standard for the sustainable design of all sorts of products. All of that aligns perfectly with our investment strategy in that field and led us to now take our existing collaboration to the next level.”
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