e-troFit pushes to define high quality standards for the retrofitting industry

Ingolstadt, February 23, 2021 - As part of the implementation of the overall concept for climate-friendly commercial vehicles, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has set up a task force. The task force will deal with minimum standards for retrofitting conventionally powered commercial vehicles with alternative, climate-friendly drives. As a retrofitting pioneer, e-trofit GmbH expressly welcomes this initiative of the BMVI. From the very beginning, the company has been committed to the highest standards in terms of safety and quality in its retrofitting kits for the electrification of buses in public transport and trucks in the heavy-duty sector.

More operational reliability for fleets in the commercial vehicle sector

"The task force initiated by the BMVI is an important signal to the market and an elementary prerequisite for establishing retrofitting on the market as a technologically high-quality complement to new electric vehicles - in order to achieve the climate targets more quickly by joining forces. As a renowned developer and manufacturer offering the highest quality and safety standards for reliability and functional safety according to the criteria of the international automotive industry, we are happy to play a role in shaping this development," explains Andreas Hager, CEO of e-troFit GmbH.

"With the upcoming new federal funding guidelines expected for the second quarter of 2021 and the associated equalization of the procurement of converted vehicles and new vehicles, it is immensely important, especially in this early phase, to focus on the quality aspect of the solutions offered. For safe and reliable use, a catalog of requirements with minimum standards, which should also be decisive when considering eligibility for funding, is absolutely purposeful. After all, the long-term goal of business and politics must be to continue to underpin Germany's and Europe's role as innovation leaders in the international automotive industry. As e-troFit, we are one of the main pillars of the still young retrofitting industry and want to shape its promising future from the very beginning.

Quality and safety require professional vehicle development at series level.

The primary goal of e-troFit is to produce safe, robust and reliable zero-emission vehicles. In the conversion process, in addition to the pure replacement of components, the vehicles are refurbished so that they are in no way inferior to new electric commercial vehicles and enable a service life of at least ten years. To achieve this result, a vehicle manufacturer's development expertise and the corresponding vehicle construction know-how are crucial. With the right partner selection and qualification, the vehicle conversion work derived from this is the complementary element for a high-quality and absolutely reliable mobility solution.

The control software in electric vehicles of the future is already a decisive unique selling point. With the electrification kit based on series components and the Vehicle Control Unit (VCU), the heart of their mobility solutions, e-troFit sets the highest standards, which correspond to the level of the major OEMs in the commercial vehicle market. Equally high importance is attached to the control of air conditioning or telematics services in vehicles.

With the certification of its internal development processes at series vehicle level and the intellectual property in its own software, e-troFit has a head start of three to four years on the international competition.

Most sustainable solution in the commercial vehicles sector

With its electrification kits, e-troFit delivers not only a high-quality, but the most efficient mobility solution overall currently available for achieving the Clean Vehicles Directive, which will come into force in 2021. Fleet operators are thus provided with an important tool for designing an emission-free vehicle fleet.

Green Mobility as a Service solution - in addition to technological expertise, the e-troFit team also offers support with regard to possible government subsidies. Their full-service offering ranges from financing to project planning and implementation of charging infrastructure solutions.

About e-troFit

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

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