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T3Motion CEO at Red Herring 2014
T3Motion CEO at Red Herring 2014
Michal Lenchner

With low maintenance costs and 500 miles-per-gallon-equivalent, T3Motion personal mobility electric vehicles present a compelling business case for fleet managers and consumers. The company provides mission critical solutions for government and military entities, law enforcement, campus security, commercial/retail security, parking lot security, as well as individuals.

Made in the U.S.A., T3Motion Inc. invented the 3-wheel electric standup vehicle; it has extensive intellectual property, including 12 issued patents and others that are pending. To-date, over 5000 vehicles were deployed in more than 30 countries, where 65% of customers are domestic and 35% are outside North America. T3Motion offers several products from scooters to 3-wheel standup (a competing vehicle to the Segway 2-wheelers), and neighborhood-style cars.

I met William Tsumpes, CEO of T3Motion Inc., a Costa Mesa, CA company, at Red Herring North America conference this month, which was held in Monterey, CA. T3Motion, a disruptive player in the electric transportation industry, won the coveted Red Herring North America Top 100 List. For more information about Red Herring see below.

Founded in 2006, T3Motion manufactures personal mobility vehicles that are engineered with advanced safety and mobility features. Keeping the target customer close to mind, the company offers several types of all-electric plug-in vehicles (EVs) that produce zero gas emissions. The California-based company was formed by a diverse group of experts from various backgrounds. The team was set on creating alternative vehicles in order to enhance the personal mobility markets around the world. When researching market needs, the team collected information and analyzed the functional needs and performance requirements by prospective customers. This process resulted in providing mobility solutions for fleets (B2B model) and direct to consumers (B2C model).

T3’s first product group, called the T3 Series, was launched in 2006 and have had extensive field trials since then. Mr. Tsumpes said that his company raised &47 million and is currently in the process of raising $20 million more. The T3 Series automobiles are designed to improve efficiency, reduce fatigue of drivers/operators, and increase the ability to interface with the community. Primary advantages include flexible mobility with net-zero emissions, operational costs of $ 0.10 a day and the ability to have 24 X 7 duty cycle.

Can T3Motion vehicles compete with the major automobile manufacturers?

Many traditional large automakers have moved into the plug-in and/or hybrid EV markets and EV offerings have been growing every year and today there are scores of models and options. T3 has directly targeted the professional public safety, private security and government markets, such as law enforcement entities, security patrols, airport or university campus security vehicles, and a number of U.S. government agencies, as well as the Department of Defense (DOD).

Tsumpes said that these scooter-like vehicles are effective in a variety of day-to-day professional applications with net-zero emissions, presenting significant reduction in the cost of 'fueling', maintenance, and more. Further, the vehicles can travel indoors and outdoors. T3Motion offers removable battery packs which give them operation capabilities of 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.

Where are the T3 automobiles deployed?

Tsumpes gave several examples: In community policing (several municipalities around the world, New York City subways), patrolling of airports (John-Wayne), military bases, university campuses, retail malls, and public event venues.

The company established a strong feedback loop from the get-go, which incorporates customer feedback for the design, features, and performance characteristics of the vehicles. This active dialogue has led to a clear understanding of the professional and fiscal needs of the law enforcement and private security markets.

What’s in the future for T3Motion?

As the marketplace continues to evolve, so will T3 Motion, Inc., through its commitment to research, development, and manufacture of products that continue to revolutionize the way we think about clean-energy vehicles.

The company plans to expand into new consumer vehicle models, sports-like cars, and the design new fleets for USPS, and more.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. Red Herring highlights technology news from around the world, for Cleantech - check Red Herring's publications at http://www.redherring.com/category/clean-tech/

2. The Red Herring North America Top 100 List

200 pre-selected, mainly late-stage startups and companies, competed on the coveted Red Herring Top 100 List. These lists are highly recognized. The lists and awards highlight the most promising startups from Asia, Europe and the Americas. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for a thorough review in a rigorous 3-step process that looks at all aspects of the company and compete on awards. Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have valued the 100 lists as a credible tool for discovering and advocating the most promising private ventures from around the world.

The Red Herring categories in 2014 focused on innovative startups in Cleantech, finance, mobile, Internet technologies, social, and software solutions for various business domains.