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XYZ Dynamics is working on a solution that allows existing commercial vehicles to drive completely emission-free in city centers. For this purpose, a modular electric powertrain is added to the vehicle’s existing internal combustion engine. A nice and welcome solution within the generally still rather conservative automotive market, especially now that more and more inner cities are becoming forbidden territory for diesel traffic. Alex Pap, the CEO of XYZ Dynamics, was therefore at an advanced stage in the talks with an investor who saw the potential. But then Corona came along and that investor – like many others – adjusted his focus. The result: the further development of XYZ Dynamics was in immediate danger.

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