Vrooming marvellous! The electric car that acts like a MOTORBIKE to cut lengthy commutes
A new electricity-powered car that can also be used as a motorbike to speed up commuting is being prepared for the road – and already, its creators are looking beyond Poland’s borders, at foreign markets.
Amid concerns about air pollution, electric cars are gaining popularity internationally. In Poland, electro-mobility is one of the flagship programmes outlined in the government’s Strategy for Responsible Development.
Now, Łomianki-based company Triggo is developing a two-seat electric car.
“Our vehicle was created in Poland, but we have international ambitions, and intellectual property rights dramatically increase our chances,” said Rafał Budweil, the company’s CEO, who came up with the idea.
The car was an answer to a real problem - lengthy commutes.
Budweil noticed that driving through Warsaw from Bemowo to Mokotów (around 15km by road) usually takes over an hour – compared to just 20 minutes by motorbike.
Triggo combines features of a motorbike and a car, such as the mobility of a scooter and the feeling of safety in a car (with air conditioning), according to Sebastian Nowak, who designed the car body.
A normal driver’s licence is needed to drive the car.
The car’s compact form addresses the traffic jams and lack of parking space – common problems in most cities. Parked, Triggo takes up one-fifth of the space of a traditional car.
Already, the car has been patented in countries with a combined population of over 2.5 billion. If it is patented in India, too, this will rise to almost 4 billion people – a huge market, Budweil points out.
Ultimately, he would like Triggo to become a “flagship Polish export product”, he said in a video created for the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development last year.
For now, the company is testing the car on a track in Łódź, central Poland, and hopes that it will reach its first users soon.
A new series of prototypes will be introduced this autumn, with pilot projects planned for the first half of 2020.
The idea is that city-dwellers will be able to rent it out using automatic platforms (similarly to urban bikes), rather than buy it.