Retro on the outside, high-tech on the inside – the e-scooters made by the start-up e-bility have filled a market niche. Customers love the stylish design and help protect the environment at the same time. A company profile.
A profile of the winner
State winner of the KfW Entrepreneurs' Award in 2015 (KfW Group/n-tv). This video is only available in German.
In 2009, three brothers, Philipp, Daniel and Patrik Tykesson from Remagen, Germany, decided to form a company. They had long been intrigued by e-mobility and spotted a market niche: the e-scooters that existed up to that point were not marketable. They either fell short in quality or performance or left a lot to be desired in terms of looks.
The brothers started tinkering in their garage – where all innovative start-ups should begin. The product, the Kumpan e-scooter, made it to the International Motor Show (Internationale Automobilausstellung – IAA) in Frankfurt as early as 2015. And the company e-bility won many awards, including the KfW Entrepreneurs' Award. Today e-bility has more than 35 employees.
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In 2009, the three brothers Philipp, Daniel and Patrik Tykesson in their parents' living-room developed the idea of an electric scooter.
The Kumpan combines the classic design of the 1950s with an emissions-free drive which ultimately impressed the jury of the KfW award. The unique technology is based on the portable lithium-ion batteries which can be charged from a conventional socket and placed in the electric scooter. The Kumpan has room for three batteries, allowing it go a distance of up to 150 kilometres. A journey of 100 kilometres requires 99 cents worth of energy.
To meet their significant financing needs, the Tykesson brothers made use of various KfW programmes, but also got financial support from friends and family.
"Our goal is to be the world's leading provider of e-mobility from 20 to 120 km/h and thus offer clean, urban and fast mobility," says Patrik Tykesson.
Published on KfW Stories: Monday, 11 September 2017
The described project contributes to the following United Nationsʼ Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Non-existent or dilapidated infrastructure hinders economic efficiency and thus engenders poverty. When building infrastructure, the focus should be on sustainability, for example, by promoting environmentally-friendly means of transport. Factories and industrial facilities should also ensure that production is in line with ecological aspects to avoid unnecessary environmental pollution.
All United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. At its heart is a list of 17 goals for sustainable development, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our world should become a place where people are able to live in peace with each other in ways that are ecologically compatible, socially just, and economically effective.