wooden ebike Science meets Sustainability by Matthias Broda, aceteam

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
wooden ebike

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Science meets Sustainability

INSPIRATION:
Besides ecological reasons, a production with CNC machinery is the most cost efficient way of production guaranteeing repeatability unlike manufacturing. This suits the purpose of a small mass production and can be still customized to meet individual demands. As a unique feature the price will be similar to an upper-class conventional bike and therefor affordable for a majority of customers. it was priced for its innovation with this 2014 Green Buddy Award and 2015 Green Product Award

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
aceteams goal was to create an electrical bicycle and build it in an environmental friendly way. In cooperation with the Faculty of Wood Science and Technology of the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) the idea became reality. Combining CNC-technology and the knowledge of wood material, the first wooden E-Bike was developed. Wood is a natural material but it also binds CO2 while metal production requires an eight times higher energy input leading to increased CO2 emissions

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
we searched for a way to get a mostly CO2 neutrally electrical vehicle, with the traffic jam in every European city, we prefer bicycles, wood that grows binds CO2, and grows right in front of our cities, we decided for ash tree which is a long fibre wood, that allows a high elasticity for our frame (used for example parallel bars, hammer shaft), so the result was less energy, less CO2 for our environment, for a comparable ebike with an outstanding design.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Projekt started 2013 in Berlin and ended 2015

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
lightweight construction makes the wooden eBike competitive with standard Pedelecs. The 17kg light bike is made of laminated ash wood. Ash wood is especially qualified for the bike frame constructions due to its outstanding performance under torsion, impact, and other stresses applied during cycling. The 250W motor supports the cyclist to a maximum speed of 25km/h over a distance of approximately 60km

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Type: E-Bike, Single-Speed Frame: Esche Motor: Zehus Motor brakes: Magura HS11 weight: 17kg Distance: up to 60km cranks: Shimano FC-R350 chain: Gates Carbon Drive wheels: H PLUS SON SL 42 seat posts: LightSKIN with integrated back lights handlebar: integrated front lights dimensions: 2000mm x1000mm x 400mm

TAGS:
wooden ebike, aceteam, slim wooden e-bike, green product award,

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Science meets Sustainability the difficult war to choose right dimension between the thickness of Lamination and flexibility of the wood. what weans, thicker Lamination means lower flexibility and less weight, thinner Lamination means higher flexibility with higher weight. So we started to research the best combination of of weight and flexibility, so what we did is, that we built a torsion construction, that would be able to destroy the wood in a controlled way. It took us have a tree get the best performance for our wooden ebike.

CHALLENGE:
Get the right mix between, thickness of the wood, wood glue and flexibility of the wood. We had to construct a torsion machine to investigate in lot of Tests for the best composition of our frame construction. So we had first to destroy a lot of wood to get new safe frame. After that we had to check, how we can protect our frame and make it resistant against all kinds of weathers We had the chance to use a climate box of the university in Eberswalde. Here we could simulate 5 years in 5 Month and get the results of over 40 different paints, some of them were totally gone and other looked like the 2nd day. With these informations, we started our first prototype

ADDED DATE:
2016-01-27 15:15:52

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
matthias broda and moritz sanne

IMAGE CREDITS:
Matthias Broda, aceteam, 2015.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.aceteam.de
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
aceteam Berlin

PROFILE:
Science meets Sustainability The Berlin Company aceteam develops the first wooden electric­bike The “Wooden E­Bike” is an ambitious project by Matthias Broda, founder and CEO of aceteam Berlin. Brodas goal was to create an electrical bicycle and build it in an environmental friendly way. In cooperation with the Faculty of Wood Science and Technology of the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) the idea became reality. Combining state of the art CNC­technology and the full knowledge of wood material, the first wooden E­Bike was developed and is now ready for production. Wood is not only a natural material but it also binds CO2 while metal production requires an eight times higher energy input leading to increased CO2 emissions. Thus, the Wooden E­Bike has a significantly lower carbon­footprint in comparison to standard bicycles. The wooden fork and the characteristic frame remind you of the form of an eye giving the Wooden E­Bike an unmistakable and distinctive appearance. The electrical components are invisibly integrated in the frame and in this way protected against any bad weather condition. Efficient lightweight construction makes the Wooden E­Bike competitive with standard Pedelecs. The 17 kg light bike is made of laminated ash wood. Ash wood is especially qualified for the bike frame constructions due to its outstanding performance under torsion, impact, and other stresses applied during cycling. Both frame and fork function not only perfectly as their main purpose but as housing for the new electrical parts of the Wooden E­Bike. The 250 Watt motor supports the cyclist to a maximum speed of 25 km/h over a distance of approximately 60 kilometer. Besides ecological reasons, a production with CNC machinery is the most cost efficient way of production guaranteeing repeatability unlike manufacturing. This suits the purpose of a small mass production and can be still customized to meet individual demands. As a unique feature the price will be similar to an upper­class conventional bike and therefor affordable for a majority of customers. With the beginning of 2015, the first Wooden E­Bike prototype was completed and gained recognition from the audience. Among others, it was priced for its innovation with Green Product Award 2015 and priced for its innovation with Green Buddy Award 2014. In 2015 the Wooden E­Bike will be introduced to the market by aceteam Berlin. Potential owners are design affine city slickers with an environmental awareness – an ever­expanding target group.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Wooden Ebike Science Meets Sustainability by Matthias Broda, Aceteam is a Nominee in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Wooden Ebike Science Meets Sustainability by Matthias Broda, Aceteam is Winner in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category, 2015 - 2016.

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