TWIKE 5 - NEW TIME SCHEDULE Time to talk turkey

The SOP (Start of Production) of the TWIKE 5 is shifting further back than planned. According to the current planning status, the first prototypes will not be built until summer. The subsequent ramp-up will then take place in late autumn of this year. Not as good news but yet we also see advantages.

As much as the delay in delivery of the first vehicles in particular annoys, the background and its effects are otherwise without exception positive. Instead of the originally targeted initial 200 orders for the TWIKE 5 limited to a series of 500, there are already over 800 reservations. The last customer would have to wait about 3 years for the five hundredth vehicle to leave the factory since originally the production capacity was limited to one vehicle per day. We also increasingly received allegations that we only wanted to serve an elite upper class. But that is not the idea of ​​the TWIKE, nor is it the intention of its pilots. It is simply in the nature of the small series that it is more expensive and for this reason we give the small series valuable extras such as more performance and high-quality materials. To give the higher price the portion of extra performance.

The real idea of ​​the TWIKE is to make a real contribution to sustainable mobility with a visible series in the medium term. The TWIKE 5 creates the necessary foundation for this and the reservers of the TWIKE 5 series know and support this.

In order to take advantage of the opportunity to serve the conspicuously higher demand as quickly as possible and on the other hand to place investments carefully and to optimize all processes as early as possible, we got in touch with an experienced contract manufacturer and introduced our project to him. That was already on our original plan, but actually only for about two years after the successful start of TWIKE 5 production. The unexpectedly high demand has already motivated us to make this request. And that was very good. Because the cooperation has already started successfully with the first workshops. Both the first data exchange and the collaboration in the larger and professional team are a lot of fun and are already bearing fruit.

At first glance, it is disadvantageous that we start production later than originally planned and agreed. In contrast, however, the now more intensive preparation time will have an impact at a higher cycle rate and, above all, even greater process reliability.

We are very aware of the disappointment regarding the significant delay in delivery and would like to apologize for this: However, we are convinced that all resulting optimizations are worth the wait and therefore hope for your understanding!

You are very welcome to leave us a short feedback, a juicy criticism, but also a praise.

Who will be the manufacturing partner, which higher clock rate we will achieve and further exciting news about the development of the TWIKE 5 can be found in the upcoming newsletters.