‘Bio-Based’ Be.e Electric Scooter Design
In a collaborative effort with Inholland University of Applied Sciences, NPSP composites and mobility brand Van.Eko, Dutch design agency Waarmakers has designed a frameless bio-based e-scooter.
The Be.e is the ‘greenest’ motorcycle in the world, according to its designers Maarten Heijltjes and Simon Akkaya.
The design features a monocoque shell; a body type construction in which the object’s external skin carries all or most of the stresses, similar in principle to an eggshell – and which therefore eliminates the need for a traditional frame with multiple plastic panels. The body is made from a combination of hemp, (Dutch) flax and bio-resin (derived from vegetable and plant oils).
The vehicle is propelled by a battery-powered motor that generates a torque of 100 Nm. The Be.e can further reach a maximum top speed of 55 km/H and offers a city-based fuel economy range of 60km, claims manufacturer Van.Eko.
Other technical features include a nano-coated windscreen that enables water droplets and dirt particles to “fall” off the surface, thereby eliminating the need for wipers.