Electric Scooter (2008)
Ruud van Heur
Most consumers would not readily give up their cars, Sanne Pelgröm realised, so how could he make transport more sustainable when car ownership was a given? With no single solution for green mobility in existence, Pelgröm decided to look for ways to connect systems, focusing on the best option for the individual.
He came up with an electric scooter to cover the distance between the transport hub and the final destination. Its foldable design made it easy carry along and store away. To encourage drivers to overcome their initial embarrassment at using something that had hitherto been considered a toy, the scooter had to look and feel like a smart and natural extension of the automotive, conferring status to its user. Designed around its then, still bulky battery, Pelgröm gave his scooter a sturdy feel. When folded out, the system locked into place with a satisfying click, creating a wow effect on opening.
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In the 2000s environmental concerns, global climate change and the need to phase out fossil fuels prompted the search for sustainable modes of transport.
A beautifully engineered umbrella that stores away in a compartment in the door. This unique Rolls Royce feature inspired Pelgröm to make his scooter an integral part of the car.