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ONO... Deliver anytime, anywhere

ONO offers a new category of electric vehicle: The Pedal Assisted Transporter, delivering goods to people in an eco-friendly and fun way!

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ONO's Pedal Assisted Transporter (PAT), simply put, combines the flexibility and advantages of a bicycle with the durability and cargo-capacity of a van. Because it is legally classified as an e-bike, it doesn't require a driver's licence or registration, it can make use of alternative routes such as bike paths and alleyways,  and can go right up to delivery locations.

We are doing 2 things very differently. For drivers, we are offering a safer, weather-protected solution that is also enjoyable to operate (electric-assisted, so minimal effort required!). For businesses and cities, we offer a flexible, exchangeable cargo-unit that allows for flexible and easy cargo swapping. It's a simple snap-and-go system! 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

ONO will be launching initially through partnerships (cities and businesses). One of the key benefits of the ONO transporter is that is does not need a special licence or permit to operate, so finding drivers will be a lot easier for these companies or institutions. We have envisioned, a future where the ONO transporters are used for a wide variety of uses, from the florist delivering flowers to the hospital, to the artist delivering their latest chef-d'oeuvres to the art gallery, to the dozens of delivery companies making swift and timely deliveries to the increasingly growing number of online shoppers.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We are already in our 3rd version of the prototype. We did a lot of co-development with logistics partners from the very beginning. But in testing we realized that it was not only about a "cool" looking vehicle. We had to upgrade many components such as suspension, engines, brakes, structural materials in order to make the vehicle lighter, more durable and as efficient as possible. We believe we are almost there.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Our team is led by three founders with over 30 years of experience in e-mobility. Beres Seelbach, is a serial eco-entrepreneur, Murat Günak is a renown car designer, and Philipp Kahle is our engineer and light-electric vehicle expert. We are a very diverse, talented and international team of marketers, designers and engineers who build meaningful mobility solutions. We share the common vision to make transportation in cities easier, more accessible and cleaner.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

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Funding Request

  • $75,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

We believe, based of a couple of previous projects that we would need between 70-90k. It would be our first project in the U.S. This would cover the costs of the production and shipping of 2 transporters + 2 cargo-units, sending a certified technician and one of our traffic & operations planners to ensure smooth execution of the project as well as advise on logistics optimisation and fleet recommendations.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Our solution is not universal. We focus on medium to high density areas where traffic is bad, emissions and pollution is cumbersome; and distances are within a certain radius. Several of our team members have been to Austin and see the potential in connecting people with their goods, while promoting a more active and healthy lifestyle. ONO transporters can use roadways and alternative routes. They do not require designated parking, nor permits. This allows us to access pop-up or spontaneous events, offer catering, delivery of groceries or health products, etc. We would test with multiple niche markets, contact events needing transportation of specific equipment or goods. We would also monitor results and compare the use of ONO and its swappable cargo-units versus a conventional delivery van (Ford Transit or similar).

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Success would mean having solid leads or pre-orders from the Austin market. Additionally, to become a pioneer in initiating a movement by showcasing a cleaner, greener mode of transportation that does not require massive diesel trucks. The comparison run is generally to show that flexibility will be more and more important in the future, not just size. We don't want to directly compete or eliminate vans, we want more choice and there isn't one "fix-it-all" solution. We would interview companies and their drivers to discover how they felt using the ONO PATs in comparison to traditional methods, as well as monitor the reaction of Austin city-dwellers to see if they preferred having these smaller, more flexible, vehicles in their city core than larger vehicles.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

We would carefully chose an area of intervention or two to work with. We want to become experts and specialists, jointly with Ford, to better serve and scale to different neighbourhoods in the city and beyond.

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Hey, I'm a facilitator here with the Challenge. ONO is awesome. Keep the submissions coming we would love to keep hearing from you!

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