Konetik tell us about their aspirations for Data Pitch and beyond.

According to the European Commission, in 2016 the transport sector contributed 24% of the total EU-28 greenhouse gas emissions. In the shift towards a lower carbon economy, companies will need to find new ways to reduce the environmental impact of their vehicles. Electric vehicles (EV) promise both environmental and economic benefits, yet EV adoption across fleets presents a number of challenges for companies, including managing charger infrastructure, predicting total cost of ownership, and finding the right EV to meet their needs.

German startup Konetik Deutschland GmbH supports companies to integrate EVs into their fleets. We spoke to CEO Balazs Szabo about their plans for Data Pitch.

What do you hope to achieve on the Data Pitch accelerator?

Our aim is to work with our existing customer, ENGIE, to further develop our EV feasibility and charging advisor product with advanced simulation capabilities. Our goal is to provide a scalable e-mobility suitability analysis tool for companies to help with electrifying their vehicle fleet.

What shared data will you work with and how will you use it?

We’re working on the Automotive Challenge (maximising the positive impact of autonomous connected, electrified and shared vehicles) with our customer and data provider, ENGIE. We will analyse their vehicle fleet usage patterns to find the best fitting EVs and charging infrastructure setup.

By leveraging data, we’re able to provide businesses with tailored recommendations, helping them to overcome their concerns on EV adoption and, as a result, have significant environmental and economical impact.

Why do you think it is important for startups to work with large scale data providers?

It is a great opportunity to leverage existing datasets for new use cases and to also create sustainable partnerships in the long-term.

What’s the best thing about working with data?

Data supports informed decision-making. Providing solutions based on processed data is creating a win-win situation for both the customer and the service provider.

If you could change one thing about the data ecosystem what would it be?

We would like to see the adoption of data sharing best practices when startups and larger corporations collaborate.