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MAGDOCK: Park & Charge for E- Scooters

Wireless charging docking station with magnetizable concrete to maximize e-Scooter uptime and minimize costs.

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Current solution: at the end of the day, “juicers” pick up the scooters, recharge their batteries, and redistribute them throughout the city. This is very expensive, limiting scooter availability and lifetime expectation.

Our solution: charge on site by "repositioning-juicers" or customers receiving a discount. MAGDOCK can be installed at e.g. light streets or other electrical connetion points. Scooters are then parked in order to provide an orderly state.  

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

Scooters will be parked in designated areas, similar to already existing ones as depicted above, by either juicers or by users that maybe offered a discount. This will raise awareness of users and citizens in general as where scooters should be found. Because of higher availability scooters can be also used late at night, giving users alternatives to more expensive means of transportation.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

Tests so far has sparked large interest around the globe by scooter operators looking to minimize cost. According to a BCG study, 47% of operating cost is related to charging operation. An automated charging station would heavily minimize this burden for the benefit of both operators and customers. Manufacturing costs of our docking stations is highly competitive to support that, allowing a wide deployment for a dockless-close operation.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

We are an engineering and business oriented company with an experienced team ranging from magnetic materials, power electronics to infrastructure building. Our HQ is based in Munich metro area and our American subsidiary Magment Americas Inc. in Washington, D.C. We work very close to global cement players that provide their facilities, precasting partners and operation support to build and distribute our products. Please visit https://www.magment.de

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Locally precast, assembly and deploy docking stations (40~50 units) around Mile Square in Downtown Indy and retrofit pickup coils into e-Scooters from partner companies. Several prototypes have been built already, so this is a straightforward deployment for a field trial.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The purpose of the pilot is to demonstrate the usability of the technology in a real world operation. We would work close to both city officials and scooter operators to monitor the use, relevance, and acceptance by both users and citizens to this installation. We would furthermore benchmark this to a standard dockless group of vehicles by monitoring charging status during the day and the workload per day. This work may require to partner with a local University to make a common study on this reference projects, which will surely receive worldwide attention.

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

Different parameters lend themselves for a quantified evaluation vs. above mentioned dockless benchmark: 1) Revenue 2) Operation costs 3) Service time per day 4) Maintenance cost 5) Customer complaints 6) Citizen complaints 7) Customer surveys 8) Affiliation rate

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Due to the robustness and long durability of our charging stations, its use can be extended beyond the pilot phase and will be fully amortized. If the pilot runs successfully it could even yield an operation expansion to the city outskirts to provide last/first mile services also there. The charging system could be deployed close to Indygo bus stops.

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20190916_MAGDOCK by MAGMENT.pdf

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