Over the last year, our team of journalists have been busy writing about and interviewing literally dozens of start-ups and entrepreneurs who have spent the year pushing the envelope of what we know as ‘mobility’.
Below is our list of the top five start-ups in Europe (as voted by our team).
We believe that it includes some of the most innovative and exciting companies currently operating within the mobility and transport sector today.
See what you think. If you disagree or agree, feel free to leave a comment.
Sweden’s Einride calls itself an ‘intelligent movement’ company. It’s developing and testing all-electric autonomous trucks.
Back in March, Einride‘s CEO Robert Falck, told us: “I think it was George Patton who said: ‘Never tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity’. That’s the only way to run a fast-moving start-up and that approach works very well in Sweden.”
What3words has grand ambitions – to create a new global address system.
In October, CEO and Co-founder, Chris Sheldrick, told us how what3words developed from an idea into a commercial entity.
“We’ve divided the world into three metre squares and we’ve names each square with three words from the dictionary,” explains Sheldrick.
Swytch Technology is a British start-up dedicated to making electric bike technology available to all. Its eBike kit transforms any normal bike into an electric bike.
In an interview, Swytch’s CEO, Oliver Montague, told Auto Futures: “We want to convert 100,000 bikes into eBikes in the next few years, focusing on the EU and the U.S. That would then be 0.01% of the 1 billion bicycles in the world.”
Stanley Robotics is best known for Stan, its outdoor parking robot that saves passengers time, while also reducing vehicle emissions. In 2019, Stan was deployed at Gatwick Airport in the UK.
Sadly, Stan wasn’t available to comment on the news that his parent company had made it to number 2 on the Auto Futures European start-up list for 2019.
And at number 1…(drum roll)
…it’s Lilium, a Munich-based air taxi company. Lilium’s all-electric aircraft completed its maiden flight over Germany earlier this year.
At the time, Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO, said: “The Lilium Jet itself is beautiful and we were thrilled to see it take to the skies for the first time.”
He added: “With the perfect balance of range and speed, our aircraft has the potential to positively impact the way people choose to live and travel, all over the world.”
Congratulations to all five of the European start-ups that made our list in the face of tough competition.