the Be.e Scooter

Zink Magazine Winter 2013 issue

Zink Magazine Winter 2013 issue

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What could be cooler than buzzing around town in an electric scooter made from hemp? Nothing really, which is why Van.Eko’s Be.e scooter is causing such a stir. The scooter made its debut in late June 2013 at a display in the Netherlands, which is where the collaborators who worked on the scooter are based. Van.Eko, design studio Waarmakers, Nabasco NPSP Biocomposites and students from InHolland University teamed up in 2007 to explore the creation of bio-based materials, specifically for use in lightweight vehicles like scooters. Six years later they’ve succeeded in creating the Be.e. The unique construction of the body of the scooter eliminates the need for a frame and the multiple plastic parts used in most scooters today. Instead, the flax and bio-resin external skin supports the load of the scooter in a fashion similar to the mechanics of an eggshell. The Be.e comes complete with a 4kW motor, a battery with an 8-year life span, LED lighting, USB charging and GPS tracking. Although Van.Eko does not plan to mass-produce or sell the scooters due to production costs, they do plan to rent them out in the Netherlands using a system similar to that of AirBnB.