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Riccardo SpongaBy Riccardo Sponga
First created
Riccardo SpongaBy Riccardo Sponga
First created
€2,690
pledged of 228.000 €pledged of 228.000 € goal
19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 7 2019 6:17 PM UTC +00:00

About

Tubenda, 3 in 1

Heat, frost, sunlight, bikes, snowboards, kayaks, roof boxes, you name it! So many needs, a unique solution: Tubenda. It is the first integrated system that addresses three specific problems that all drivers have to face:

You can cover the vehicle shielding it from various weather conditions, making the car more comfortable and avoiding common everyday problems, such as excessive heat within the passenger compartment or frozen windscreen, protecting the car from hail and preserving its body integrity longer.

You can use it as a load bar to carry anything you want. Tubenda is designed to fit all kinds of accessories: for any hobbies you have there is an accessory compatible with Tubenda. You can easily load and cover your car at the same time.

Tubenda can create an area as big as a room for you; in a few easy steps, you will have 9 sqm of protection against sun and rain to enjoy a meal or relax with your family anywhere and any time.

Tubenda: evolution of an idea

As it is often the case, a great idea comes from a need. We don't have a covered car park and, in the morning, my wife Elena often has to defrost the windscreen in a hurry before rushing to work. In 2015, I came up with Tubenda: a car cover, but not an ordinary one. With the help of Marco, my partner in this adventure, the product came to life and soon made astounding improvements on the first version, offering a thoroughly engineered structure and becoming much more efficient and practical for everybody.

After 18 months of designs, tests and attempts we have reached the version of Tubenda you can see today.

The market offers many different products, each designed to address a single problem. Some of them are difficult to use, some are user-friendly, but what they all have in common is that for every single problem there is one single item. Tubenda was initially designed to be a car cover, but it has become so much more over time. We understood that just solving a problem was not enough, we realized that the product could do much more.

The tests and studies performed allowed us to create a product comparable to the other bars available on the market, preserving the same robustness and with a capacity of 70 kg. Unlike the ordinary load bars, Tubenda is not an empty frame, at the contrary, what makes it so special is in the heart of it. We then decided to create an interesting casing, transforming it into much more than a load bar, much more than a car cover.

Designed to fit all. Customized for you.

Tubenda is available in several versions, in order to meet all eventual needs. You can choose between different solutions.

 

The seasons with tubenda

While studying the product and refining its design, we understood that Tubenda had much more to offer. We analyzed the behavior of the car during the use of the product, we tested it under different weather conditions, from winter frost to summer heat, through the intermediate temperatures, and we realized that its benefits go far beyond the problems it solves.

The cover is not made of a simple fabric, but of high-quality non-flammable polyester. It is used in different fields and can filter the light up to 99%, it's lightweight (250 g/m2) but very resistant.

During a hot spring day, covering the car with Tubenda can reduce the temperature within the passenger compartment of up to 68° F. A significant benefit which leads to significant savings.

If the temperature is lower than usual, then the air-conditioning requires less time to cool the car and you can save 250 watts, two or more times per day.

The fabric can support the summer heat but also the winter frost.

By protecting the car during the cold fall days, your windscreen and rear window won't be frozen any longer.

With a rapid gesture, the cover goes back into its casing and you can leave immediately, without the need to defrost the windows and without wasting time. A huge comfort in a single move.

(Defrosting the car is an energy-intensive activity, consuming 600 watts each time, and it often needs to be done twice a day.)

Tubenda: the more you use it, the more you save

By choosing the right fabric we managed to create an efficient product both for summer and winter seasons.

Defrosting and cooling are actions performed for many months per year, mostly depending on the latitude. In Italy, for example, every year (considering to cover the car 10 months per year) Tubenda leads to 255 kW in energy savings, which equals to about 70 liters of fuel.

This means you can save € 100 for fuel. By simply using it, tubenda pays for itself in three years.

Considering an average of 20.000 km per year, over one year we consume 1.428 liters of fuel, producing approximately 3.400 kg of CO₂. With Tubenda, we would save 70 liters of fuel, reducing the emissions of CO₂ by 162,00 kg.

We could all give our significant contribution to the reduction of CO₂ emissions: 5% less per year per car, 5% less for every tubenda owner.

Our idea of design

Over the last months, we have tried different solutions, starting from the products available on the market, considering more original solutions, and finally reaching the current design. For us, Tubenda couldn't be anything else. One single outline, many uses, with a clean design where every inch or edge serve a specific purpose. Its unique shape comes from the solutions it provides, we could say that its outline is the result of the needs it meets.

Ready for production

We have been working on this project for 2 years, aiming at providing a product that is not just efficient or beautiful, as we didn't want one aspect to overshadow the other.

We have been looking for suppliers that go beyond the numbers, that embrace our philosophy and believe in our innovative project, showing them our goal.

The Tubenda you see in the video is a finished product, ready to be installed in your car. So far, this journey has been exciting, long, and fast at the same time, as we had to face many different challenges, but it is not over yet.

Now we need your support to start the production, and we are sure that many people will show interest in our project.

Here is what we have done so far:

  • We searched for a supplier network for every single component

  • We purchased a production mold for the tubenda outline

  • We built and tested the product in different situations

  • We designed the specific components to make production and assembly more efficient

Here is what we need to do with your help:

  • Obtain a product certification in compliance with international law

  • Start a bulk production

  • Improve the coordination process of the interested suppliers

  • Create a website for the realization and online sale of unique and fully-customized tubenda

  • Study unique and original accessories, specifically designed and realized for your tubenda


Team

We are two friends, Riccardo and Marco, we've know each other for a long time and we strongly believe in this concept. During this time, we've met and involved many others with their enthusiasm, creativity, experience and knowledge. Tubenda has blossomed from the idea of one person, but is the result of the labour of many. A special thank you goes to Elena, Tommaso, Giulia, Gianluca, Andrea, Matteo, Davide, Emanuele and Lorenzo.

Partners

Risks and challenges

tubenda was conceived, designed and tested in Italy. It will be produced by suppliers that can make thousands of pieces for structured organizations at international level.
Once the campaign is completed, we will visit the suppliers to finalize contracts and refine our working relationship.
We leave nothing to chance and therefore we intend to refer to Russel Cohen, General Manager at MANUFACTURING SERVICES AGENCY LTD for advice. Based in Hong Kong for more than 20 years, he is an expert of every aspect of the organization of the production chain. In this way, we will exercise a high control over the product quality from its origin.
Once we receive all the components, tubenda will be assembled in Italy and from here it will be shipped worldwide.
We believe we have carefully assessed all the risks and we think that the amount required will enable us to become a lasting business and to realize my dream, our dream.

We have the talent and the energy and, with your help, we hope to add the resources needed to reach our goal.
We will always keep you up-to-date to notify you about our progress through the timeline.

Join us in our adventure!

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    Pledge €1 or more About US$ 1.12

    #1. Tubenda I love You

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    #2. Tubenda Supporters

    Thanks for your support, a present in order to be a part of our community

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    • 1 x Tubenda t-shirt
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    #3. Tubenda Single

    One Tubenda, an accesory that you can fix on your own load bar.

    Add 200 € / 220 $ to your pledge for having your own personal fabric.

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    • 1 x Tubenda
    • 1 x Mini antenna
    • 1 x Bag
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    #4. Tubenda Magnet Single

    One Tubenda, an accesory that you can fix with a magnet foot and easily cover front of the car.

    Add 200 € / 220 $ to your pledge for having your own personal fabric.

    Includes:
    • 1 x Tubenda
    • 2 x Magnetic Foot
    • 1 x Mini antenna
    • 1 x Bag
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    #5. Tubenda Magnet Basic

    It is designed to fit all and to meet the needs of those who want to protect their car and make it more comfortable after a stop.

    Add 200 € / 220 $ to your pledge for having your own personal fabric.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Tubenda
    • 4 x Magnetic Foot
    • 1 x Mini antenna
    • 1 x Bag
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    #6. Tubenda Magnet Plus

    The basic version is integrated with an intuitive, rapid and efficient system that enables you to create an open-air room in a few minutes.

    Add 200 € / 220 $ to your pledge for having your own personal fabric.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Tubenda
    • 4 x Magnetic Foot
    • 1 x Shade kit
    • 1 x Mini antenna
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    #7. Tubenda Loadbar Basic

    Tubenda is secured becomes also a car load bar.

    Add 200 € / 220 $ to your pledge for having your own personal fabric.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Tubenda
    • 2 x Traverse Foot
    • 4 x Magnetic Foot
    • 1 x Mini antenna
    • 1 x Bag
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    #8. Tubenda Loadbar Plus

    This is the most comprehensive solution, in which you can enjoy all its possible uses

    Add 200 € / 220 $ to your pledge for having your own personal fabric.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Tubenda
    • 2 x Traverse Foot
    • 4 x Magnetic Foot
    • 1 x Shade kit
    • 1 x Mini antenna
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Funding period

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