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Wooden E-Scooters

Project progress

The idea of building an e-scooter myself has been on my mind since 2015. Back then, a first prototype was created in collaboration with a bicycle frame builder, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to continue working on the idea.

In 2021, the idea was reignited when I started to deal with the e-scooter problems in the city (rental as well as purchase scooters).

Since autumn 2021, I have been working on a prototype made of sustainable materials such as wood or bamboo, whose modular frame elements can be produced regionally. I am using wood from regional specialist dealers for this. At the same time, it is important to me that the design is fundamentally different from scooters available on the market and gives the e-scooter a sense of value, as these are often treated like disposable products. To further develop this aspect, only bicycle parts available on the market are used for handlebars, stem and headset. This makes it easy to repair or adapt the parts.

Step 1: Research, first scribbles and paper prototypes

Research on scooter and bicycle design of the last 100 years. Visualising the ideas on paper and building small models out of cardboard.

First drafts on paper
womentor meeting talking group


Step 2: Founders Lab of the Vienna Business Agency

The Founders lab is a startup programm for entrepreneurs and all those who want to become one. I participated in the program from October 2021 till March 2022 to develop not only the product itself but also the business models, sales, law and financing aspects. At the same time, I also participated in the WoMentor Founders Peer Group to network with other female founders.

Step 3: Taking Classes in 3D Modelling and Bicycle Mechatronics

Using online and classroom courses, I acquired the know-how for 3D modeling and bicycle mechatronics and was able to work iteratively on the prototype in parallel to the Founders Lab.

3D Model of the fork crown
first prototype of timber scooter

Step 4: Production of the first scooter parts at the fab lab Happylab

Using 3D printer, CNC milling machine and laser cutter, the first parts for the prototype are manufactured and tested.

3D Rengerings of the TMBR Scooter