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Electric Scooter Fashioned Out Of Compressed Plants

16 July 2013

By Leah Gonzalez

The Be.e scooter has a body made out of natural fiber-reinforced composites and sustainable materials.

Dutch designers Maarten Heijltjes and Simon Akkaya of design firm Waarmakers have designed an electric scooter made out of plants.

The Be.e scooter, which was created for sustainable mobility company Van.Eko, has a frameless body made from natural fiber-reinforced composites or NFC's instead of the usual plastic and metal. NFCs are basically a ‘greener' version of the more commonly known glass-fibre composites. Instead of glass-fibres, flax and bio-resin were used to make the body of the scooter lightweight, strong and sustainable.

The Be.e electric scooter allows for up to two hours of driving at a 60-km range and is suited for cold and wet weather since it was developed and tested in the Netherlands, which is known for such type of weather. The windscreen has a special coating that lets water and dirt slide easily to maintain good visibility, especially in certain weather conditions.

The scooter is fitted with a 600 W charger that allows users to charge the scooter at a rate of 20km/h. Van.Eko offers a five-year warranty on all parts and also has a KM plan to help with repairs in case the rider gets stranded somewhere.

This green electric scooter was a collaboration with InHolland University of Applied Sciences, NPSP composites, and Van.Eko.

Source: http://www.psfk.com

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