Birth of the concept
"What will happen when we combine the advantages of a car and a motorcycle in one vehicle?" – Rafał Budweil, the originator and co-creator of the project, might have thought. But at that stage he certainly could not imagine what a revolution it would originate. Neither that it would receive a name of "Triggo".
The concept needs protection
In fact it requires it so much that after just two months the first patent application, drafted together with eupatent.eu, the office of the European Patent Attorney, Adam Pawłowski, is filed with the European Patent Office. Although the application is accepted, concern grows that it may be too general and would not be effective.
The patent application is narrowed
In order to effectively secure the rights to the concept, a second, more restrictive application is drafted, again in cooperation with eupatent.eu, the office of the European Patent Attorney, Adam Pawłowski. It is successfully registered by The European Patent Office.
Patent application under the global PCT procedure
Never too much protection for a truly revolutionary concept. A patent application in accordance with the PCT procedure, drafted with the tireless eupatent.eu law office of the European Patent Attorney, Adam Pawłowski, is aimed to secure protection outside the European Union.
The name Triggo is born
Short, simple, all-revealing, easy to pronounce and remember throughout the world. Not an easy task, but finally it is done. Triggo hits the jackpot. It symbolizes the (back then still) three-wheeled architecture of the vehicle. It is like a "trigger" of changes in urban mobility, with its roots going back to the enormous number of trigonometric calculations that design required.
A characteristic chessboard is added to the name
The Triggo mark becomes complete. Again, thanks to Rafał, who wants Triggo to be associated with Poland and unequivocally positive. The traditional white and red chessboard, which once was missing on planes of Polish pilots fighting in the Battle of Britain, will from now on ornament everything that comes from Triggo.
The First European Patent is there
In short, the proceedings before the European Patent Office have been successful.
The worldwide PCT patent procedure enters national levels
The European Patent Office completes its positive examination of the patent application as part of the PCT procedure. It's time for the research phase in individual countries, including: USA, Japan, China, Korea, Brazil and India.
The second European Patent is on
Triggo protection expands. Another proceedings before the European Patent Office turn out successful.
Triggo grows to be a company
The first guarantees from Patent Offices make the concept of the visionary (maybe not as lunatic as he seemed back in 2010) possible to formalize and finally worth investing in. Triggo Spółka Akcyjna (shareholding company) is established. Business Angels are the first to invest: Anna and Wojciech Apel.
The real adventure with Triggo begins
A vice-president of an international corporation, at the age of 41, leaves his lucrative job and returns to Poland to devote his energy, time, skills and experience to the development of the revolutionary concept of the vehicle of the future. Rafał really did this. Obviously, the fact that he had to choose between a car and a motorcycle to commute to work, certainly bothered him.
There is no chance of co-funding
At least that was what alleged experts claimed, taking into account the lack of experience and limited support that Rafał had at hand. However, experience (and sometimes also support) is gained in battle. Rafał himself writes the first application for co-financing of Triggo with funds for research and development within the framework of the "Fast Track" competition of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) and submits it in accordance with the procedure, though in the eleventh hour.
The first Triggo S.A project secures funding
Out of 609 submitted applications, a still unknown but effectively presented Triggo project is ranked 14th. Only 7.7% of all applications are qualified for co-financing, the Triggo S.A. project is one of them.
Triggo’s ancestor, the PB0 prototype, is rolling
Half a year down the line and the first prototype appears, with electromechanical suspension and its own electric drive. It is controlled with a lever on the right side of the seat, and the gas operated by a gas grip from an electric scooter. Brakes - none. Nonetheless, the first test drivers, including then seven-year-old Bruno Budweil, come out unscratched from the test drives.
Triggo charges at INNOMOTO
Triggo S.A. without involvement of consulting companies, qualifies to the "INNOMOTO" competition, announced in September 2016 by the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR). Two projects are created immediately: one by Sławek Czop and one by Rafał Budweil. They cover possible adaptation of Triggo to be used in vehicle-sharing transport networks - a new, revolutionary and dynamically developing field of urban mobility. In January 2017, following all the procedures, the projects are submitted to NCBiR.
1:1 scale mockup is ready for interaction
Presented during fairs and conferences, it demonstrates the principle of Triggo’s operation. Visitors can fold and unfold the chassis using the touch screen. Few have the courage.
Triggo is equipped with Drive-by-Wire
In August, the PB1 prototype is put on wheels. It has, of course, an electrically folding and folding chassis. It is equipped with a completely digital “Drive-by-Wire” control system. This solution, used for safety reasons, turns out to be the key in the commercialization of the project. It opens for Triggo the door towards the robot-taxi systems.
Triggo secures another funding
Both projects submitted by Triggo S.A. are found among the winners of the "INNOMOTO" contest of the National Center for Research and Development.
The PB1 prototype and the interactive mockup have their debut at the 590 Congress
The National Center for Research and Development boasts the prototypes of Triggo at their stand. Pride. The designs arouse positive emotions and interest. The PB1 even serves as a set design for a press conference during which the 3rd Level Education Programme was announced.
Triggo is the "Polish Product of the Future"
This has been known since 2010, but the Main Prize for Entrepreneurs in the jubilee, 20th edition of the "Polish Product of the Future" Contest comes as a strong confirmation. Following the blow, Triggo also wins a Special Award of the President of the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland.
Triggo S.A. closes the second round of private financing.
The development is supported with new funds, and the group of shareholders grows from three to twelve. Crème de la crème of Poland’s Smart Money is investing in Triggo: high technology entrepreneurs, managers, law and economics experts, stock market investors and investment funds.
PB1 prototype and interactive mockup are going to Brussels
They are still transported in a trailer, but during the conference of PKEE and the Ministry of Energy in Brussels, they make an impression as if they came from Poland on their own and on a single battery charge. The first foreign fans of Triggo are not afraid to fold and unfold the model’s chassis.
PB3 prototype makes its debut at the 590 Congress...
The most advanced version of Triggo yet is presented for the first time at a press conference during the 590 Congress. Works at a frantic pace continue until the last hours before the presentation.
Triggo’s futuristic body gets its first shape
Triggo S.A., in cooperation with Edag Engineering Polska, completes the work on the design of the first version of the vehicle body for the PB3 prototype.
Triggo is honoured with a distinction...
After eight years of consistent development, Triggo S.A. receives the badge "Merited for inventiveness", awarded by the Prime Minister.
...and travels to Geneva for the WIPO conference
Still not on its own wheels (more so, that this time it’s just the interactive mockup itself), Triggo travels to the annual conference of the World Organization of Intellectual Property, or WIPO. Foreign fans grow in numbers.
...has a public premiere at the Warsaw Motor Show...
The following day after the presentation at the 590 Congress, the PB3 prototype is presented to the general public during the Warsaw Motor Show 2018.
...and finally appears on the postal stamp.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, Poczta Polska issues a series of four commemorative stamps, which present Polish inventions of the last 100 years. Among them, Triggo looking proud.
During the UN COP24 Conference in Katowice
Triggo S.A. becomes the Leader of Electromobility 2018
Global audience gets to know Triggo in its natural environment, i.e. among people and institutions, which are at the heart of the Earth's climate. At the same time, Triggo S.A. is awarded the distinction ‘Leader of Electromobility 2018’, as the only Polish manufacturer of electric vehicles.
Triggo S.A. closes the third round of private financing
The shares are acquired by entrepreneurs and managers from the industry as well as by representatives of the high tech business. A fifth of the new issue goes to existing investors.
Triggo hits the road
Triggo S.A. obtains a WMI manufacturer code that allows VINs to be assigned to vehicles. All the same, Triggo PB3 is declared roadworthy and obtains the first, test license plates: W2 262 B. See you soon in city streets!