German Mobility Award for e-troFit

e-troFit wins German Mobility Award 2018 as flagship project for sustainable mobility

  • Innovative concept for sustainable urban transport
  • Retrofitting allows savings and emission reductions
  • Strategic partner ZF Friedrichshafen AG supplies the AxTrax AVE electric drive system, the Openmatics telematics system, and application and installation expertise

With e-troFit, in-tech is one of 10 winners of the German Mobility Award, which was awarded for the third time this year. As part of the contest, the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure awarded groundbreaking best-practice projects focused on sustainability. A top-class jury of experts chaired by Steffen Bilger, Member of the Bundestag, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, selected the award-winning projects.

Smart solution for environmentally friendly urban transport

With the e-troFit kit, in-tech has developed an innovative retrofit solution for utility vehicles: Diesel buses can now lead a "second life" as electric vehicles - a smart, eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to buying a new vehicle. Especially against the background of current emission values in cities, this is a trend-setting technology: "High emission values put municipalities under pressure to take action," says Andreas Hager, head of the New Mobility Solutions business unit at in-tech, "many operators are therefore looking to get into electric mobility."

However, replacing existing bus fleets entirely with new electric vehicles is neither economical nor sustainable - a new electric bus is considerably more expensive than a conventional diesel bus. The conversion costs up to 50% less, and operators save around 100,000 euros on fuel over a period of 10 years.

Strategic partnership with ZF - Conversion with OEM quality

For the market launch of e-troFit, in-tech has partnered with the leading automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG as a strong partner. Helmut Ernst, Head of ZF's Aftermarket Division, explains: "Together with in-tech, we offer a one-stop shop solution for the retrofit. With the CeTrax and AxTrax AVE electric drive systems, ZF supplies future-oriented products. "According to Helmut Ernst, "CeTrax can be installed directly into the existing vehicle platform without having to make major changes to the chassis, axles or differential. In addition, ZF provides the required expertise including workshop capacities and acts as a trading and service partner.

From pilot project to mass-production

"Our vision is to make transport more eco-friendly, especially in cities," says Andreas Hager. "That's why we're naturally delighted to be awarded the German Mobility Prize. Many municipal operators are already showing great interest in our solution - this proves that with e-troFit we can make an important contribution to sustainable mobility in cities." The first e-troFit bus has just been converted as part of a pilot project with Stadtwerke Landshut and is scheduled to go into service next year. The market launch of e-troFit is planned for the first half of 2019.

Throughout Germany, around 250 start-ups, companies, associations and research institutions applied with their projects for the nationwide award. Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and patron of the German Mobility Award: "We need ideas that can make our mobility more efficient, cleaner and more digital. All the prizewinners we are awarding today do not talk about distant future scenarios. They are all already acting. With their ideas, they are making improvements that take immediate effect - by taking advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization to enable unrestricted mobility."

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:

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