DING 3000 + BASF: CONCEPT 1865 ELECTRIC VELOCIPEDE
Created in collaboration with and also in tribute to BASF, Hannover based German design studio DING3000 has developed an e-velocipede, called Concept 1865, both in reference to the year when BASF was founded and when Karl Drais’ wooden Dandy Horse was introduced to the public.
The project re-imagines his 19th century bicycle as a modern e-bike using a selection of advanced technologies and materials. The ready-to-ride prototype features an electric drive and is made almost entirely of modern BASF plastics. Only the brake, axles and motor are still made of metal. The frame and the fork unit with the stem and handlebar derive their strength from a reinforced continuous-filament of carbon fiber fabrics, while the seat is detachable and contains the battery for the electric drive. In total, 24 different polymer applications, such as bearingless all-plastic pedals made of ‘ultrason’ and puncture-proof tires made of ‘infinergy’ — a closed cell expanded thermoplastic polyurethane — have been included in the construction ′. Integrated LEDs and inlaid optical waveguides are concealed in the fork. For the tires with their bright blue, semi-transparent profile BASF utilized an expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) – a light, durable and very elastic material and innovative particle foam that is also used for the midsole of the Adidas Energy Boost running shoe.
DING3000 design studio is Carsten Schelling, Sven Rudolph and Ralf Webermann. (mb) http://www.ding3000.com/
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