HOLON, a BENTELER Group brand, said it will debut its autonomous, electric mover for at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas. The vehicle is built to automotive standards for “safety, ride comfort, and production quality.” The HOLON mover operates autonomously with a maximum speed of 60 km/h (37mph). It has a range of about 290 kilometers (180 miles).
“Our mover is an answer to social megatrends: Urbanization, climate change, demographics – mobility needs to change,” said Marco Kollmeier, managing director of HOLON. “With our mover, we are proving that emission-free, safe, comfortable and inclusive passenger transportation is possible. And thus provides the answer to traffic problems that are becoming prevalent in cities. We are delighted to unveil the vehicle to the global public today.”
Applications include on-demand services, such as ride pooling and ride hailing, but also normal scheduled services. A pilot project has been announced in Germany with Hamburg’s Hochbahn, the country’s second-largest mass transit company. In the U.S., mobility provider Beep will be responsible for implementing the first vehicles. Markets will include campuses, airports and national parks. Designed for up to 15 passengers, the offset seating arrangement provides a sense of privacy while meeting safety requirements.
“The vehicle design combines two character traits – friendly and inviting as well as technologically advanced and clear. That goes for both the exterior and interior. It immediately makes the HOLON mover a design icon,” said Silvio Pietro Angori, CEO of the renowned Italian design company Pininfarina. “Every detail of the vehicle is designed to make passengers feel more comfortable and safer than in any other mode of transportation.”
Electric double-wing doors with photo-electric sensors and an automatically extending ramp with lowering function are included as standard. The automatic securing of wheelchairs inside the vehicle combines comfort with safety. Information in Braille and an audiovisual guide provide additional support for visually impaired passengers. Production of the HOLON mover is scheduled to start in the U.S. at the end of 2025, with additional production capacity to be built in Europe and the Middle East/Asia in the following years, the company said.
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