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This Micro-Mobility Startup Could be the Next Big Thing for Urban Mobility – Spark Centre

Despite the current market’s retrofit electrified hardware, conventional urban mobility products still have a long way to go to meet urban needs. Today’s communities need innovative and expandable hardware that opens more opportunities for safer, cleaner, smarter transportation methods.

Enter Intelligent Motion Canada Inc., an Oshawa-based startup whose electric vehicle hardware platform is reinventing micro-vehicle architecture and electric motors for “green” transportation devices like e-bikes, scooters, mopeds and even autonomous robots. For example, Intelligent Motion is developing a compact e-bike frame with sensors that detect frontal collision hazards. These sensors then warn the rider through a comprehensive dashboard, simultaneously decreasing the motor power and reducing the speed. The startup is also developing an in-wheel hub motor made of high-density winding geometry with a cooling design for better efficiency.

Intelligent Motion was founded in Hong Kong in 2020, and in 2021, Co-founder and CEO Alan Tam launched Intelligent Motion Canada Inc. for expansion into North America. Tam is no stranger to transportation hardware and design. His knowledge and experience have taken him across the globe, from Australia and Germany to Hong Kong and now Canada.  Armed with a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Monash University and a Master of Arts in Transportation Design from Pforzheim University, this designer’s expertise in designing specialized automotive and transportation products led him to work with companies like Volkswagen Group, BMW Group and multiple electric vehicle startups in Hong Kong before founding Intelligent Motion.

Launching his startup in Canada was a significant endeavour Tam knew he couldn’t take on alone.

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Helping innovative companies start, grow and succeed. Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre is one of eighteen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The centre works to improve competitiveness and visibility of Durham Region and Northumberland County as a world-class innovation cluster. Spark Centre works with clients to develop individualized plans for success. We connect start-ups to business and research networks, learning tools, business coaching, mentorship, and access to funding and investment.

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