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sustainable design?


This scooter is made from plants.

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sustainable design?


This scooter is made from plants.


the challenge: 
design a frameless e-bike using only bio-composites*

*yep, plants.


In 2012 Waarmakers was asked to take part in a consortium consisting of InHolland, NPSP Biocomposites and Van.Eko, with the collective aim of developing a highly innovative, extremely sustainable e-scooter, the first of its kind.  

Aside from being fully electric, the Be.e scooter's structure could not rely on the usual steel frame which gives normal scooters their strength and sturdyness; the scooter was to be completely constructed from bio-composites, yes, that means plants.  

Waarmakers was responsible for the overall design of the scooter. 

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BiobasedDesign
THIS INNOVATIVE SCOOTER MADE OUT OF HEMP AND OTHER SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS TRUMPS YOUR SEA FOAM GREEN VESPA.
— FastCompany
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showcasing the full potential of a sustainable new material


A single structural shape - engineered to replace over a hundred individual parts used in a traditional frame

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showcasing the full potential of a sustainable new material


A single structural shape - engineered to replace over a hundred individual parts used in a traditional frame


a design that proves steel STRUCTURES IN HIGH-IMPACT PRODUCTS
CAN BE REPLACED BY SUSTAINABLE NATURAL FIBERS,
WITHOUT LOSING STRENGTH OR PERFORMANCE.


The Be.e is arguably the greenest scooter ever; this e-scooter is made from plants. The be.e is a frameless bio-composite electric scooter, with a monocoque body made from flax and bio-resin.

The lack of an internal frame asks for a very different construction. The main shape of the Be.e forms a monocoque: a singular shape, which is both outer skin and supporting structure. Not different from an eggshell: the smooth outside surface is what gives the scooter its' strength.

Aside from a more sustainable main material, it has more advantages compared to the your more everyday scooters. The frame of a normal scooter the frame is built with more than a hundred parts all produced in a highly energy-consuming manner, onto which about 14 plastic panels are placed. 

The Be.e scooter has far less parts, simpler assembly, and is built from natural fibers. 

We were responsible for overall design, and designed and engineered the main body, which has proven to be strong enough to withstand everyday inner-city use, from initial sketches to the CAD documents, which were used for the molds.

 The bio-composite material, and production, however does influence the shape if it has to also be a supporting outside skin, it needs to be rounded. Eggshells with corners are usually rather unsuccessful.

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An iconic design, seductive & expressive


Design of a new archetype, recognisable from afar. 

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An iconic design, seductive & expressive


Design of a new archetype, recognisable from afar. 


A VISUAL LANGUAGE, that EXPRESSES UNIQUENESS AND INNOVATION,
WHILE HONOURING A RICH TRADITION.


A radically different construction asks for a new visual language, the design cannot simply be another rendition of a ‘classic’ scooter. We strived to embrace its‘ sustainable uniqueness and use it as a strength in communication.

The age-old yet forever relevant adage ‘form follows function’ was possibly more relevant than ever in the early stages of this process. Or perhaps better yet, form follows material and production.

Our goal was to fully express and take advantage of the highly innovative construction and material use, while still being fully immersed in the rich historical context of (European) scooters.

The newly developed visual language expresses a unique character, while using form elements rooted in history to appeal to the widest target group.

 

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design and engineering of a self-supporting egg-shell


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design and engineering of a self-supporting egg-shell


THIS HYPER COOL ELECTRIC SCOOTER IS MADE OF HEMP AND GLUE
— Wired.com

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