- official handover with the Mayor Alexander Putz, Minister of State
Aiwanger and other prominent guests
- Second Life in public transport: world's first retrofitting series model
as a milestone towards emission-free public transport
- intelligent retrofit concept as the most efficient solution for reducing
CO2 emissions according to the Clean Vehicles Directive
September 2020 the official handover of the first e-troFit series bus to the
Stadtwerke Landshut took place in the exhibition hall in the Landshut
Exhibition Park. Mayor Alexander Putz accepted the vehicle on behalf of the
city of Landshut. The decommissioned diesel city bus of the Stadtwerke Landshut
has been given a second life in a pilot project with e-troFit GmbH. Since
mid-September 2020 it has been used as an electric bus in regular service.
explained the high demands on local authorities and transport companies and the
related motivation to rely on new innovative solutions: "The turnaround in
public transport presents us with major challenges. In order to meet the European goals of the Clean Vehicles Directive
within the specified timeframe, cities and municipalities need solutions that
can be implemented quickly, are sustainable and are technologically fully reliable.
e-troFit GmbH convinced us with its technology concept and therefore we were
very happy to start the pilot project.”
In a less
than four-week test phase in August 2020, the e-troFit bus already convinced
with its smooth and trouble-free operation with above-average ranges. In the
now started long-term use in cityline operation for about one year the aim is
to gain additional valuable knowledge for the practical applicability and
performance of the e-troFit conversion kit.
Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, commented: "This technology
is very promising and could accelerate the economically efficient electrification
of transport and commercial vehicles by converting existing diesel vehicles to
electric drive. An exciting project 'Made in Bavaria' that is sustainable and
underlines Bavaria's innovation leadership.”
Hager, CEO of e-troFit GmbH, was visibly pleased about the milestone for his
young company, and also for public transport in general: "It is
outstanding what our team has achieved in the last few months. As a result, we
are now able to offer a quickly implementable solution for a sustainable
reduction of CO2 emissions that is in addition the most cost-efficient one
currently. With our globally recognized suppliers, we provide series production
quality in accordance with the highest automotive standards for functional
safety and can guarantee short-term availability in higher quantities at short
notice. With our retrofitting kit, fleet operators in the public transport
sector such as the Stadtwerke Landshut gain an important instrument for establishing
their emission-free vehicle fleets."
following test drive, the limited number of participants due to the COVID-19 situation
could experience the driving comfort for themselves. Among the passengers were
also several federal and state parliament members from the region. During the
test drive they were able to form their own personal impression of the new
converted electric bus.
A basic requirement
for the success of innovative retrofitting solutions, considered by all parties
involved to be crucial, is the creation of new federal funding guidelines.
on the part of Andreas Hager is clear: "We urgently need equality in the
funding of retrofits and the purchase of new vehicles as well as a restructuring
of the regulations governing the operation of buses, such as the maximum
permitted age of buses. In the past, these regulations made sense with the
diesel emission classes, but are irrelevant for zero-emission vehicles. This is
the only way to enable free competition, to give transport companies freedom of
decision when redesigning their fleets and ultimately to ensure that the most
efficient solutions prevail in the market. And
that is what sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility in our society
must be about.“
e-troFit - electrifying transportation! The German, privately financed start-up company with headquarters in Ingolstadt and offices in Garching near Munich employs about 50 people. e-troFit is represented with three further sales and development locations in Austria, Italy and Spain.
e-troFit is the first digital OEM worldwide (without own warehousing and production) to offer innovative solutions for the electrification (retrofitting) of used and new commercial vehicles such as trucks in distribution traffic, buses in public transport as well as municipal vehicles.
e-troFit is ISO 9001 certified and thus the only provider of retrofitting solutions to guarantee operational safety according to international standards of the automotive industry such as functional safety ISO 26262. e-troFit's international partner network guarantees service and availability in Europe.
With its holistic approach including telematics, charging infrastructure, fleet management and autonomous driving the company designs quickly realizable and cost-efficient solution packages for a sustainable change in mobility and a "Second Life" of diesel commercial vehicles. They effectively support the implementation of the CO2 savings targets according to the European Green Deal Agreement and the Clean Vehicles Directive, which will apply from 2021 on.
e-troFit has been awarded the German Mobility Prize (2018) and the Austrian VCÖ Mobility Prize (2019) and was voted as one of the top 50 startups in Europe in the field of mobility (2020, EUSP).
Further information: www.e-trofit.com