In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter how environmentally friendly they may seem, there is always room for improvement. The designers at Waarmakers have created the Be.e scooter—whose body is composed of compressed plants—for brand van.eko. The natural fiber-reinforced composites (NFCs) replace traditional plastics and metals with hemp, flax and bio-resins that act in a similar fashion to an eggshell.
Released on June 27 the Be.e electric scooter may be one of the most enlightened movers around. The body is made up of NFC’s and operates on a 48V 40AH battery with the option of a second battery that is able to be installed and juiced by a 600W charger. The Be.e has a range of about 60km and can reach speeds of up to 55km/hr and can climb hills with a 15% grade. The windshield is nanocoated to repel water and dirt, and LED lights, indicators, and USB chargers for devices in the dashboard round out the technologically savvy scooter. Conceived and manufactured in the Netherlands, the light little vehicle is suited for wet weather.
“Mobility has arrived at a cross-road over the last 30 years. Evermore gas-powered cars are cramming our cities, polluting our skies and wasting our time. It’s the focus area for van.eko: Creating better products today, for a better future tomorrow. The Be.e concept aims to provide a solution. Not just for the mobility issues, ours and future generations face, but also the challenges that our finite resources provide.” says the company.
Van.eko also offers a 5 year warranty on all parts, a tire spray to help prevent flats, and a KM plan that helps with repairs should the rider ever get stranded. Currently intended for the streets of Europe, the Be.e will help replace gas-powered commuters with more sustainable, next generation alternatives.