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Manufacturer of environment friendly solar-powered land trains is looking for distributors or commercial agents to increase their market share.

Country of origin:
Country: 
NETHERLANDS
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BONL20190410001
Published
11/04/2019
Last update
14/06/2019
Expiration date
14/06/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
System and transportation
Photovoltaics
Solar/Thermal energy
Solar/Thermal energy
Photovoltaics
Energy for Transport
Other leisure and recreational products and services
Manufacture of other transport equipment n.e.c.
Other passenger land transport n.e.c.
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Summary

Summary: 
A Dutch manufacturer of environmental friendly, solar-powered vehicles, mainly for the tourism and leisure industry, is looking to increase their market share in Europe The company has broad experience in providing municipalities, amusement- and leisure parks with their sustainable and maintenance-free mobility solution. The company is looking for a distribution services agreement or a commercial agency agreement.

Description

Description: 

The company’s solar powered vehicles, so called land trains, consists of one locomotive and two or three wagons. The locomotive is powered by two or four electro motors and either a lead-acid or lithium-ion battery package.
The wagons can measure various sizes:
7.7m x 1.82m / 7.80m x 2.22m / 4.90m x 2.22m
Seating possibilities in the passenger wagons are diverse, depending on the preferences of the client. Passengers can sit facing over either long side or short side of the wagon. Seating solemnly in forward position is also possible. Depending on the number and type of wagons used, the maximum amount of passengers can vary between 20 and 75.

The chassis and body are made of aluminium and lightweight sandwich plating (dibond). The plating is very suitable for printing which makes it easy to personalize the vehicles with advertisements and other marketing messages. Windows can be lowered to halfway. A wheelchair ramp is present.

Max. speed is 25km/hr and the range is, depending on track decline and surface conditions, approx. 120km on lead-acid batteries and 300 km on lithium-ion.
The solar panels integrated in the roof additionally charge another 8-10 km per hour, depending on weather conditions.

The land train can be made to order and adjusted to specific client needs. The panelled wagons are perfect to personalize the land train with images or messages for the client to decide upon. Re-cladding is possible and easy to be done when the vehicle has to be updated.

A new, slightly rounder and therefor more friendly looking front of the locomotive will be introduced in due cause of 2019.

The Dutch company is already active in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Slovakia and France. A market share is being developed in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland and Greece.

Specifically for Germany, Italy, Denmark, Scandinavia, the Alpine countries and the UK/Ireland the company is looking for a distribution services agreement or a commercial agency agreement with an agent or distributor with knowledge of the local land train market.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
1. A solar powered electric people mover (land train) with a range of 120 km and an additional 8-10 km per hour of sunshine. 2. A 95% lower carbon dioxide emission, compared to regular diesel powered tourist trains, and even 100% lower if electricity is taken from a green source. 3. A 75% lower Total Cost of Ownership, compared to regular combustion engined vehicles. 4. A modern, contemporary design with lots of glass windows to ensure a wide view of the scenery or surroundings, adding quality to the guests’ experience. The company’s land trains come in multiple types and made-to-order variations are negotiable. 5. The paneled outside surfaces of the vehicle offer great opportunities to personalize your land train by communicating your mission or to advertise. The panels can be easily removed and replaced with other printed panels. 6. In contrast to ordinary/other land trains, this train can handle slopes up to 15% degrees easily.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The partner sought must be a distributor or sales agent of land train or similar vehicles with a good understanding of the local market and must have an active network in this market, even if experience with solar-powered vehicles is limited. The company is looking for a distribution services agreement or a commercial agency agreement.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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Solar panel integrated roof

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Solar powered land train

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Rounded front locomotive