Project Xelos, DSK (2013)
Study the current urban alternative transportation solutions and imagine a vehicle that offered the qualities of the Segway and the dynamics of the MP3 Piaggio.
It must be electric powered, pedestrian friendly, have cargo storage, fun to ride, dynamic, safe and above all capable of becoming an urban icon like the Lambretta scooter or Vespa.
The students were also asked to imagine how technology could enhance the urban experience for the vehicle.
EMD had already been working on a package for such a vehicle and asked the students to challenge the work done to date to see if a better solution could be found.
Because of Denmark's already highly developed bicycle culture, the students were asked to imagine Denmark as the pilot country for the project.
In 1946, war-torn France was getting back on its feet and the masses needed cheap transportation as car manufacturing was still recovering.
Designed in 1941 as a prototype, the Solex Vélosolex went into production in 1946. It had a 50cc clutchless engine directly powering the front wheel and was mounted to essentially a normal bicycle.
It was cheap, simple, classless and practical, and embodied all of the qualities we were looking for in our project.
However, the Solex was an answer to the lack of cars being available, but the Xelos is intended to be an answer to too many cars being available!