In mid-2020, as you all know, the damn restrictions caused by Covid began all over the world (patchy). Some have postponed a wedding, others have given up on a trip, still others who knows what else.
Four industrial design students in Boston were working together on an interesting project: they decided to continue doing it remotely, and today they present the Timo electric scooter platform.
A multifaceted electric scooter
As a project for their second semester, these four industrial design students had a goal. To create an electric scooter, an urban vehicle, which could satisfy different (and changing) users by age and habits. Be useful, be safe and adapt to each private user in a very flexible way.
Timo is the human answer to a question that today several companies ask an artificial intelligence: they set stakes like these and then let the generative design do the rest. In this case the intelligence is all natural: Sandy Zhang, Jodie Xie, Alaa Alshareef e Megan Wiles they designed a modular platform, and from there 3 electric scooter models. They could become many more.
TIMO electric scooter models
They are called Jarretto, Veloce and Cavallo. Yes, if you ask me: I find they are enormously inspired by the legendary work that the Italian designer Corradino D'Ascanio did to bring the Vespa to life. The entire design of these models is a tribute to Italy.
Each electric scooter of the TIMO family has been built on a modular platform, as mentioned. A "common doctrine" that allows customers to simply customize the final product to meet their specific needs.
For short distance travel, Jarretto it has a more playful design (and a single battery). Veloce it allows you to go further with its sharper line, plenty of room for a top case and a dual battery system. Horse it keeps what it promises from its appearance, with a lot of space and versatility: here too double battery. (Click to enlarge).
I sing love
In all cases solid and fun appearance, and easy extraction for the batteries (which are charged, at least in the intentions of the designers, by placing them like a mobile phone on a base).
I notice some sin of naivety, and it could invalidate the prototyping: those wheels there do not convince me, and also the position of the display may not be very comfortable. For the rest I fell in love with each electric scooter among those you see.