About Hedgehog Applications

Hedgehog Applications

In the 1980s Arjan Heinen started a company that traded in parts for electric forklift trucks and batteries. Then, in the 1990s, Arjan started producing his own electronics such as drives for electric mobility. This led to an invention called ‘The Wheel’, an electric drive in a wheel (for buses) under the company e-Traction. The company was sold and Arjan Heinen continued to look for new applications for the transition to electric mobility for a sustainable future.    

In 2012, Arjan Heinen studied the loss of braking energy from trains while entering stations. He wrote a patent with the name ‘ENERGY DISTRIBUTION AND CONSUMPTION SYSTEM FOR RAILWAY STATION NR PCT / NL2014 / 050160’. This patent, which was granted in 2015, was placed in a new company: Hedgehog Applications B.V. This was a new business with partners in the infrastructure, energy storage, fast charging and electric mobility.


Our mission is to initiate and develop sustainable, efficient and profitable innovations that contribute to a cleaner world.


Our vision is to accelerate the sustainable energy transition with our solutions.


Our management team

Ing. Arjan Heinen

Mechanical Engineering – Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Founder of E-Traction (patent: the Wheel) and Hedgehog Applications (patent: Hedgehog System).

“Passionate about our planet, expert on battery technology and e-mobility.”


  • Innovator, inspirator, connector
  • Business development
  • Investment strategy
  • End responsibility of the performance of Hedgehog Applications
Msc. Maarten Klein Geltink
Head of Business Development

Marketing Research & Management  University of Groningen

Joined the team in 2018. Previously, Maarten spent 4 years in multiple roles at BMW Group the Netherlands.

“Loves working closely with our stakeholders towards a greener future”


  • (Key) Account management
  • Marketing & Sales strategy and performance
  • Business development
Marjanne Heinen
Head of Communications and Design

Media, Information & Communication Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Joined the team in 2016. Previously, Marjanne worked at her own start-up in branding and communication.

“Gets energy from the dynamics of a start-up in the middle of the energy transition”


  • Communications strategy incorporating PR, Marketing and Online.
  • Branding & Design
  • Operational performance


Derde Oosterparkstraat 138

1092 EC Amsterdam

Phone:  +31 62 888 7364

Email: maarten@hedgehogapplications.nl

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