The V1 prototype

The prototype has been dubbed the “v1” (V-Electric #1).

The v1 was never intended to be the production scooter – it wasn’t even intended to look like the final product. It was simply an experiment in construction techniques, and a first attempt at a minimalistic scooter design.

The shape was penned as one continuous line, from fairing to seat, that could be made from a single standard sheet (2440mm) with no joins. A form was constructed from MDF (medium density fiberboard), and then several layers of different timber were glued and clamped around it to create the basic laminated shape.

All the electrics were housed in a single ‘battery box’ in stacked compartments. The box housed the battery, the controller, and even the battery charger. The box was topped by a simple hand-stitched leather and foam seat. A single socket in the back of the box allows a power cord to be attached for charging.

Battery box placement


As a prototype, the v1 was very successful. It proved that the combination of materials worked and added an element of sophistication, that such a machine was practical and fun, and that there was still a lot more work to be done!

Key statistics

  • Weight: 20kg
  • Speed: 45km/h
  • Range: 60km (@ 25 km/h)
  • Charge: 8hrs (@ $0.20 total)
  • Motor: 48v, 1000W hub
  • Battery: 48v, 20AH (960 WH)
  • Frame: Powdercoated steel (ex-step scooter)
  • Body: 4-layer lamination of birch ply with a bendy ply core