Transition-One: a retrofit project joined the Move Lab!

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Posted on 27 May 2021

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Transition-One – the startup that converts your thermal vehicle into an electric one – has joined, among 9 other projects, the Moove Lab’s 7th batchthe mobility & autotech focused accelerator program, co-founded by the CNPA and Via ID – and aims to tackle the ecological challenges of the automotive sector by reducing CO2 emissions.



Transition-One: an ecological transition for all

Founded in 2018 by Aymeric Libeau – who is also Pentalog’s co-founder – Transition-One designs and produces clean mobility solutions to fight global warming and contribute to the end of fossil fuel use. The startup retrofits thermal cars in modern, electrical, connected and affordable vehicles, in order to save 1M tons of CO2 in 10 years.

What is retrofitting about? 


A technique that consists in removing the combustion engine from a vehicle and replacing it with an electric motor and batteries, in order to decarbonize mobility devices


Indeed, the startup’s main goal is to reduce CO2 emissions as much as possible thanks to connected cars: “100 grams of CO2 will be saved for each kilometer driven” explains Aymeric Libeau. 


Transition-One includes sufficient autonomy in the cars: “In Europe, for a home to work trip, the average kilometers traveled per day is from 25 km – 30 km. So we need 100 km of real autonomy. Our service is part of a circular economy approach because we extend the vehicle’s life for a reduced use (less than 100 km between 2 recharges). Moreover, thanks to this process we already save 6 tons of CO2, which is the amount needed to produce a new car.” 


How does it work?


The customer brings his car and Transition-One converts it into an electric vehicle. In the future, the startup aims to sell cars that have already been retrofitted


For now, Transition-One works on the most popular vehicles in France and in Europe: more than 14 models, including the Twingo (the best-selling vehicle in France between 2010 and 2015 in the small car segment) and the Fiat 500.


Their customers are mainly individuals, but Transition-One is also aiming at other targets like local authorities. In 5 years, the startup would like to have converted more than 100 000  vehicles in Europe. Then 10 million by 2035 and 1M tons of CO2 saved. 


How did they get the idea? 


“In July 2017, Nicolas Hulot announced the climate and energy transition plan, including  the end of thermal vehicles by 2040. I told myself that we must acknowledge what is changing and therefore what must change.” explains Aymeric Libeau. 


He then decides to focus on one issue: the quick and massive reduction of CO2 emissions in mobility. That is how he thought of retrofitting and integrating a moderate autonomy to usual cars, in order to have an impact.

The Moove Lab: “the next step for Transition-One” 


Indeed, Transition-One was a part of Car studio’s first batch – an open innovation and support structure created by Mobivia in 2016, dedicated to innovative projects in the automotive industry – and now joins the Moove Lab acceleration program in order to get more mature and give more visibility to the project: “Retrofitting is a new activity and is not that popular in France. What automotive professionals think of, when it comes to this technique, is the english model: you have to convert your car in a garage, and then declare it. The process is expensive, isn’t industrial and doesn’t have enough impact.”

“The Moove Lab is the mobility expert. We want to be recognized and supported by actors who are at the heart of the sector. What we also appreciate is the diversity of the projects within the batch and the possibility to share.”

Aymeric Libeau, founder of Transition-One

The next steps for the startup are: to get their service approved and put it on the market. Transition-One, currently based in France, would like to carry out its transformations through partners that are close to the customers: “We have 700 candidates worldwide, including 300 in France. In the coming months, we would like to have 6 main partners in France. By the end of 2021, have one partner per region and then one per department.” Their ambition is also to operate on a European scale.