Foldable Electric Bike

Masters Project

Brief

Design a compact single person electric vehicle that allows the user to commute freely without much hassles. In the current scenario, the last mile vehicle which connects the commuter from his home/office to the public transport systems have lot of bottlenecks. The commuter likes to use his own personal vehicle to connect to the local public transport networks. But the use of bigger vehicles occupies lot of parking space and lot of hassles. The project aims to come up with a electric bike as a solution for last mile. The main feature of the electric bike will be its carriability when not in use. Hence when the commuter uses the public transport like trains, he/she can carry his personal vehicle with him thus allowing larger portability and transportability.

User Research

With increasing stress on the need to shift towards sustainable transportation, bridging the last mile (or first mile) at the start and end of the daily commute from home to work and back is one way in which we can improve personal mobility. If the last mile transportation is addressed, it will encourage people to make better use of public transport and hence rely less on cars which congest the urban roads.

A pre-research is done with research interview to study the general user behaviour when it comes to last mile transportation. The interview is done with 25 people in between the age group of 16 to 40 in Mumbai to know the bottlenecks they face in their every day last mile commute to work.

Final Concept

Concept 3 is chosen as the final concept to prototype and test because of its advantages of its familiarity and use of use. Also the user can maintain a sitting posture as it is similar to cycles.

The project focussed on carriability of the powered electric bike with inclusion of battery and motor weight simulations and the packaging the drive system in the bike.