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VivaTech: The exhibitors speak out

The fourth Viva Technology trade show, the meeting for start-ups and innovation, ended on Saturday in Paris with a record attendance of 124,000 visitors. Present through the Mobility space, located at the centre of the walkway between Halls 1 and 2, the Group enjoyed maximum exposure under the banner of the energy transition.

Combining innovation and greener mobilities ? Definitively possible. For three days, ENGIE’s Mobility Park brought together services developed by us and projects selected for their innovative character in the field of mobility: an airborne urban vehicle, an exoskeleton, a hydrogen-fuelled electric bike…

  • Hover Taxi
  • Twiice
  • Hyperloop
  • Ono
  • Alpha
  • UrmO
  • HyStart
  • EVBox

Present in large numbers, impressed by the demonstrations and quizzing the project representatives, visitors reacted enthusiastically to the numerous prototypes and innovations.

EvBox and HyStart, charging terminals for green vehicles

The success of EVBox, a charging terminal for electric vehicles, and HyStart, a hydrogen charging terminal – two solutions already being marketed in partnership with ENGIE – demonstrated its lead in developing green mobility for the benefit of all. "ENGIE has allowed us to reach a much wider audience, local authorities that wanted all-in-one solutions, to increase their visibility, and work hand-in-hand with experts in energy services," says Laura Sobra, involved in the HyStart project.

Sébastien Quach, Key Account Manager for EVBox: "We are one of the French ‘gems’, start-ups displaying strong growth, we are right at the heart of the subject of clean mobility, this is part of the main thrust of ENGIE’s strategy, we are delighted to be here."

VivaTech: The exhibitors speak out

A busy stand

While visiting the stand, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Renaud Muselier, President of Région Sud, also had the chance to discover the Hover Taxi, an airborne electric vehicle aimed at becoming the next transport as a service within the next few years. "This is what appealed to ENGIE, who selected us on the strength of our fleet. I hope this will be the start of joint work with ENGIE, a specialist in mobility, renewable energy and electricity," says Romuald Ferriol, president of the Var-based startup.

Also present:

  • Hyperpoland, developing the Hyperloop, a collective vehicle powered by magnetic energy which could reach speeds of up to 1200 km/h.
    Natalia Sikorska: “Presenting our project here is a good idea because there are lots of people passionate about new technologies. We are also looking for investors. It's the perfect place to show what we do."

  • Twiice, an electric exoskeleton that enables people with reduced mobility to walk. Visitors came away impressed by the demonstration of the device.
    Tristan Vouga: "We’re lucky to be in a busy spot, we’re getting questions all the time, the demonstrations have added to the enthusiasm. We’ve had an enormous amount of positive feedback, from investors, from the people concerned, it’s really exceeded our expectations."

  • Ono, a recyclable electric vehicle, designed for deliveries in urban surroundings. Véronika Louis: "We’re here thanks to ENGIE, which offered us this spot to demonstrate an innovative vehicle, one that will be useful for the environment."

  • UrmO, an ultra-light electric mini-scooter for urban trips.
    Sebastian Signer: "ENGIE is an energy and mobility specialist, and energy efficiency in transport lies at the heart of what we want to provide."
  • Alpha bike, a hydrogen bike with mobility over 150 kilometres operating with HyStart, of which 200 models will soon be delivered to ENGIE.

On the other side of ENGIE’s stand, the journalist Charlie Clark was moderating the pitching area, a showcase for our innovations and our conception of mobility “as a service".

Also worth noting was the presence of Smart Services platform SIRADEL on the Île-de-France stand. SIRADEL provides 3D modelling of cities and provides global planning solutions for the cities of tomorrow.

ENGIE Cofely acquires 200 hydrogen bikes

ENGIE Cofely has purchased 200 hydrogen-fuelled Alpha bikes, based on the model presented at the trade show. These bikes are suitable for all types of use: eco-tourism, professional fleets or urban bike-share systems.

This particular model of hydrogen bike operates with conventional electric assistance. However, the first thing you notice when you look closely is the imposing frame at the front: the one that accommodates the innovation, the hydrogen cartridge. Because it’s not a lithium battery that powers the electric motor, but a fuel cell, powered by hydrogen. With autonomy over 150 kilometres and charged in under three minutes, the bike, besides being an environmentally-friendly form of transport, has numerous advantages.

On 24–26 August 2019, during the G7 in Biarritz, these 200 hydrogen bikes will be made available to accredited journalists.

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