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In the Driver’s Seat #8 With Ilia Timoshkov

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Ilia Timoshkov is the CCO & Co-Founder of 18 Wheels, a Finland-based tech startup with a revolutionary eco-friendly, zero-emission all-terrain vehicle — the first of its kind in the world.

Developed in Helsinki and inspired by the humble centipede, the patented 18-wheel terrain solution can overcome terrain obstacles without damaging the ground surface, made possible by the uniquely designed electric suspension that allows for a combination of speed and off-road capabilities.

In his free time, Ilia himself enjoys the thrills and emotions of motocross, bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and downhill skiing.


What is something you are working on right now at 18 Wheels?

Now we are building our second prototype, in which we have taken into account all the mistakes of the first one. At the same time, we are launching pre-sales.

What is something you cannot live without in your job?

No feedback and no attention to the project. Every day, when I read new comments on our project, I am energized.

What is your dream vehicle?

A fully universal all-terrain vehicle, on which you can add water obstacles and use both in summer and winter.

What is something you are proud of in your work?

I’m sure we’re doing a good thing with 18 Wheels. Our invention helps both people and the environment; for example, it can be used by people with disabilities and reduces harm to nature.

What is the hardest part about doing what you do?

It can be tough. Do not lose hope towards the success of the project.

Fleet managers have a tough job. What are you guys doing to make their life easier?

In our design, we strive for maximum reliability and easy repair. For example, our all-terrain vehicle can be driven with even just one-third of the wheels working. And they can be easily replaced in 5 minutes without jacks and complicated tools.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the mobility industry?

A big challenge in the industry is the total shift in the direction of electric cars brings with it the problem of battery disposal and its rising cost. But I do believe that science will eventually figure out how to deal with that.

What do you think the fleet industry will look like 10 years from now?

I think it will be a combination of easy battery pack swap functionality and extended battery life. In this way, electric vehicles will be able to last much longer than their battery life.


To get in contact with Ilia Timoshkov or 18 Wheels, you can find him on LinkedIn, or flick him an email at info@18wheels.fi.

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