German start-up e.Go forges partnership for e-bus
e.Go Mobile a start-up based in Aachen and supplier REHAU have agreed on a strategic partnership to further develop the new e.Go Mover electric van.
The start-up based in the home town of the StreetScooter and also at the RWTH Aachen campus is on course for expansion and this cooperation is another step, this time into the urban utility vehicle market. After the low priced e.Go Life EV has recently been set up to accommodate three battery versions, the e.Go Mover is also modular.
But, the Mover is a mini bus and REHAU has signed up to help with its further development by contributing know-how of the “entire value chain of the classic automotive supplier company,” explains Markus Grundmann, chairman of REHAU Automotive. In turn, the start-up helps the supplier to keep in touch with a changing environment of mobility.
e.Go Mobile sees multiple uses for its electric bus or van and says it can transport up to 15 passengers or even cargo depending on the set-up. The range is currently at up to ten hours in inner city traffic and a range extender is available as well.
The order books have been open since October reportedly.
Prices are expected to start at 71,400 euros with a test fleet to take to the streets in summer 2018.
For REHAU, a polymer specialist by trade, the cooperation with e.Go Mobile feeds into its focus on mobility that goes hand in hand with energy-efficient construction, renewable energies, future living and water management.
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