“Conspicuous with its wheels of different sizes, the velocipede was the first pedal-powered cycle in history. DING3000 and the chemical company BASF have now rebuilt the 19th century bike as a modern e-bike. But why?
With the ‘Concept 1865’, we are taking a trip back to the year 1865, when BASF was founded. This was also the point in time when Karl Draisâ wooden Â»Dandy horseÂ« was given its first pedals, which launched the bicycle on the road to global success. As a tribute to this era of enthusiasm for technology and invention, DING3000 and BASF have embarked on an unparalleled thought experiment and asked: How would the first pedal cycle have looked if the pioneers of the bike had had todayâs advanced materials to work with?
In cooperation with BASF, DING3000 has developed the E-Velocipede ‘Concept 1865’. It is a ready-to-ride prototype with an electric drive and 24 polymer applications, some of which are highly innovative like the bearingless all-plastic pedals made of UltrasonÂ® or the light and punctureproof tires made of InfinergyÂ®.
By implementing this design study DING3000 obviously does not intend to reinvent the bicycle, let alone the wheel. Under the slogan Â»Rethinking MaterialsÂ«, the unusual e-bike is in fact an invitation to customers to join the company in developing new applications and product ideas utilizing advanced plastics. It is an invitation to question the status quo and create something new – just as the pioneers of cycling did in their time.” Photos: NordNord, Rafael Kroetz.