Inspired by the iconic café racers and scrambler motorcycles of the cycle, paired up with her own desire to own an e-bike, professional model maker and woodworker Evie Bee designed Electraply.
Electraply is a wooden e-bike that was created out of Evie’s passion for sustainable design and an urge to combine modern manufacturing methods with traditional construction techniques. She implemented these ideologies throughout the entire design and construction process. And it really comes through in the final product!
A vintage motorcycle aesthetic and sustainable design met to give birth to Electraply, which as its name implies, is made primarily from plywood. Layers of sustainably sourced poplar ply and birch ply were used to build the bike. Whereas the dropouts were made from stainless steel, wherein a bit of extra strength was needed.
The sustainable bike was designed in Rhino 3D. The frame was milled on the CNC machine, whereas the stainless steel parts were cut on a plasma cutter. The e-bike is powered by a 26″ smart pie front-wheel motor and a 36v 12.5ah battery, allowing it to go up to a speed of 28 mph.
Evie also put together two detailed books to help you build your own wooden e-bike! This DIY bike is a project that can be undertaken and built in your own backyard (if you have the technical skills that is).
In a world where major automotive makers create premium two-wheeler designs, it’s heartwarming to see a designer build a more sustainable and accessible option, that is amped with great form, functionality, and aesthetics!