Innovative Scooter Designs that are the perfect ride for your post-COVID travel bucket list!
Scooters are like the motorbike’s friendly little brother! They are easier to ride, sleek, and also seem more approachable! Weaving through traffic is super easy with them, letting you finally bid adieu to traffic jams. And if you choose an electric scooter as your preferred means of transportation, then you’re also cutting down on fossil-fuel consumption, and being a major support to planet Earth. In an ode to scooters and their immense functionality, we’ve curated a collection of innovative and nifty scooter designs that seem to be slowly taking over the automotive industry. Ride on!
Harkening back to the halcyon days of pre-war motoring when transportation was equal parts speed, style, and skill, the Golden Age captures this sentiment in a modern incarnation. The Golden Age is best described as a modified version of the BMW C400X, with its spiritual ancestor being the classic 1930 Henderson Model KJ Streamline. With a curvaceous design that’s highly reminiscent of the automobiles from a century ago, the Golden Age is just a vintage-inspired treat to look at… complete with chrome trims to punctuate the curved black volumes, a classic circular headlight, and a plush leather throne for the rider to sit on.
Designed to look almost like the successor to BMW’s Concept Link from 2017, the e-scooter by Carota Design uses a similar CMF, but with leaner, lighter, and narrower forms. The matte-finish metal panels look distinctly like something from BMW’s playbook, while those orange accents around the windscreen give the e-scooter the pop of color it needs. The E-scooter’s front comes with paneling that conceals the rider’s legs, pretty emblematic of scooter designs, while the motor and battery seem to reside in the space in front of the rear wheel. Carota’s design features a cantilever seat that cuts down on the boot storage but provides a loop on the left to secure your helmet in place.
The electric scooter concept thought of by Alexander pushes the envelope of being a rebel while still being assumingly practical. The L-shaped uni-frame design of the bike has an upfront geometric structure meant for a solo rider. The bike has a very upright driving position and a slim frame, indicating its urban commuting characteristics. One glance at those unified front and rear wheels in the frame, and it looks like anything but a bike! That said, it does have a cut in the body, creating a rectangular element that helps the front wheel navigate. The front of the body also has three headlights and two brake lights that stand out like antennas! The headlights can be flipped into the housing when not required, further exemplifying the scooter’s unibody design aesthetics.
Husqvarna just launched the Vektorr, an electric scooter concept with an almost BMW Motorrad Concept Link-inspired heavy-body design that projects confidence and dominance on the road. The launch of the Vektorr comes just days after Husqvarna announced the E-Pilen electric motorcycle, and one can even notice a homogeneity in their design language. The Vektorr embodies Husqvarna’s agile, edgy design aesthetic while still judiciously using tight curves to create an automobile that looks sinewy and muscular. The e-scooter relies on a familiar silver, black, and lemon yellow paint-job as seen in the E-Pilen, and has the iconic circular headlight that’s signature to the Husqvarna brand.
Spacebar is a compact and foldable electric scooter designed to weave in and out of the busy traffic on the streets of Jakarta. Spacebar’s imaginative body and design are laden with retro-futuristic accents like its split, saddle-tan leather seat and off-road tires reminiscent of the chunky, rough, and rowdy scene from the 80s. In fact, generations both past and present helped conceptualize Spacebar. For instance, it seems the subtle stylistic parallels in common between Generation Z’s clunky outerwear and the 80s’ cassette-futuristic sense of fashion also helped drive home Spacebar’s visual concept. While Spacebar’s overall rogue look draws inspiration from varied sources, the aim of both design studios has always been to provide young people with a mode of transportation to reach previously inaccessible spaces.
South Korea-based mobility designer Jung Soo Lee has mustered up the niche idea of a two-wheeled commuter for the whole family inspired by the simple line, and that’s the reason she likes to call it the One Line. The idea is darn simple – a line is the mainframe of the commute, and depending on who’s going to use it, One Line can adapt to that form. It can be a classic Korean bicycle with a basket (having integrated light) to keep the groceries you just bought from the supermarket or fresh flowers for your lover. Then in another avatar, it can take the shape of an electric scooter for faster commuting from one place to the other. One scenario for usage is the e-kickboard, wherein the line frame design now functions as the platform for standing. For the first two iterations, the battery is placed under the seat with LED indicators displaying the remaining battery levels.
The Canoo brand is all about redefining ownership, Berzah Can’s conceptual bike keeps that in mind too by creating a scooter designed specifically for delivery. The ‘Scoot’ fleet of vehicles belongs to UberEats and is operated by their delivery executives to rapidly transport food from restaurants to the homes of the people who placed the orders. The Canoo Scoot follows the company’s form language, with geometric lines and gentle fillets to create vehicles that have structure and discipline without looking edgy. Thermoregulated containers on the back let riders store food in them for the length of the delivery cycle, and that Canoo logo on the front is instantly iconic, creating branding that isn’t just a graphic, it’s clever and valuable too!
The Commooter Scooter shuffles up the scooter template, keeping certain essentials but reinventing the rest. For starters, its battery is still located right under the seat (a feature that distinctly makes scooters stand out from motorcycles, which have their fuel source located on the front), but it uses the space around the battery to carefully and cleverly expand the scooter’s storage, helping you carry as much as 3 times more stuff in the same vehicle. Obviously, this meant sacrificing the leg-space on the front, but given that scooters are usually used by people with a definite purpose (traveling to work, tourism, cargo/food delivery), that storage space proves to be exceptionally handy.
Vespa is known to have kept it’s retro aesthetic while still being modern. “We believe looking back to history will give more insight into the future. The Vespa 98 electric concept version is a reincarnation of the original design. The concept is much more like a modern incarnation with sleek styling cues with streamlining features,” says the design team. This electric scooter showcases a bolder look compared to the original one with modern design details like the handles. The mudguard is still placed like it was in the original scooter but now it holds the LED headlight instead. One major difference is this single-seat scooter uses lidar sensors placed at the rear end to notify the rider instead of having rearview mirrors.
Say hello to Phat Scooter’s latest HD electric scooter! Think of it as the child of your electric bike and an ATV scooter. This compact scooter is a discreet mean machine and can travel up to 20MPH. It can also go 30+ miles on a single charge cycle so it is perfect for those looking for an alternative to public transport post-pandemic but are not yet ready for an electric car. The HD electric scooter comes equipped with a powerful motor that can take on hills with ease, and the front + rear suspensions system provides a smooth ride at any speed as well as on any terrain.