Sales of internal-combustion-engine vehicles will be banned in France from 2040 onwards. Today’s existing car fleet is ageing, and emits pollution in the form of greenhouse gases. And the truth is that not everyone can afford to buy a new electric vehicle. So how can we reconcile legislation with a social and environmental reality?
Transition-One offers an effective retrofit solution that converts petrol and diesel cars to electric in record time. The conversion takes 4 hours across a range of different vehicles, from city cars to multipurpose vehicles and vans. And the transformation only takes under the bonnet. The batteries and electric motors used offer a range of between 100 and 200 km, and a maximum speed of 110 kph. Retrofit, which provides substantial benefits, including savings on fuel and maintenance, connected driving technology and - perhaps most importantly - carbon-free travel, was also made affordable this year with its authorisation in France and the update on the incentive conversation bonus.
This retrofitting solution was awarded a “Ecology transition” mention by the Grand Jury for improving the electric mobility sector.
Category: CO2 Neutral Territories
Start-up co-founders Aymeric Libeau, Filipe Franco and Hélène Hemery - since joined by Benjamin Matras - contribute their complementary expertise and experience in IT, the automotive industry, digital marketing, communication and mechatronics.
Nicolas Hulot, who was then Minister for the Ecological Transition, announced his Climate Plan on 6th July 2017. This wonderful opportunity to shake up our habits was supported by a number of practical measures, including the ban on the sale of internal-combustion-engine vehicles from 2040. This measure is inherently more restrictive than it is innovative. What will happen to existing cars afterwards? Retrofitting is the outcome of our perspective on this issue. The process involves converting small and conventionally powered cars into electric vehicles with an operating range appropriate for a wide variety of uses.
What are the most recent developments for your start-up?
The €500,000 injected by our most recent funding round will allow us to scale up our technology to the industrial level, and protect it with a series of patents. The next step is type approval, which is actually almost complete, so that we can begin marketing our service as early as next year. We’re also delighted to have been selected as finalist of the EDF Pulse start-up Awards.
What’s been the most unexpected thing that’s happened as a result of the start-up?
Last year, during one of our retrofit car demonstrations in the South of France, we found ourselves in the embarrassing position of being out of fuel. The problem was that the filling station where we planned to refuel the car transporter was closed. Our only solution was to unload our retrofitted Twingo from the truck and drive to the next filling station and fill up a can with diesel. So it was the electric car that saved us!
So how does your project revolutionise your category?
The electric car is one of the main solutions for carbon-free mobility, alongside walking, e-bikes and e-scooters. Behaviours are changing, and the public wants more concrete recycling and circular economy solutions. Transition-One is fully onboard with the clean mobility movement, but without forcing people to buy a new electric vehicle. Our alternative approach is designed to electrify the French car fleet much more quickly. We can convert privately owned and company vehicles to electric in the record time of just 4 hours, and at affordable cost.