circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles

ekka m-1 and cs-1 feature a raw, futuristic aesthetic

 

Belin Design Office conceptualizes a duo of electric motorcycles beyond tailpipe emissions. The Ekka M-1 Performance and CS-1 City Scooter models embrace circular design principles on two wheels, sharing the same minimal material palette and optimal efficiency for streamlined production sustainability.

 

With a design language rooted in functionality, the motorcyles’ aesthetics are modular, raw, and eco-conscious, deviating from the industry’s standard practice of concealing frames with plastic body panels. Aluminum bending is prioritized over energy-intensive hot-forming for panels and structures that flip upside-down, reducing its carbon footprint and resulting in a distinct futuristic expression.

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
all images courtesy of Belin Design Office

 

 

belin design office embraces circular design

 

The M-1, derived from Jean-Marie Floch’s ‘Ludic’ valorization, was created to offer a fun experience with its cafe racer riding position. Its silhouette, clean and bare, leaves side panels that hide the battery and enhance aerodynamics. In contrast, the CS-1, an electric scooter, embodies practicality and versatility to present an ideal urban transportation option. The battery is placed under the rider’s feet, providing ample room for the cargo, while the modular brackets on the front and back can accommodate various objects such as boxes, auxiliary components, and passengers.

 

Both the Ekka M-1 and the CS-1 leverage in-wheel motors, eliminating the need for a chain, belt, clutch, and transmission. In doing so, Belin Design Office simplifies the frame’s appearance by reducing its weight, freeing up space, utilizing fewer parts and maintenance, and offering a smoother ride that translates into a longer range on a single charge by minimizing drivetrain losses.

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
a duo of electric motorcycles beyond tailpipe emissions

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
the Ekka M-1 Performance and CS-1 City Scooter share the same minimal material palette and optimal efficiency

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
exposed elements deviate from the industry’s standard practice of concealing frames with plastic body panels

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
the motorcyles’ aesthetics are modular, raw, and futuristic

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both models leverage in-wheel motors

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
aluminum bending is prioritized for the panels and structures that flip upside-down

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circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
the battery is placed under the rider’s feet, providing ample room for cargo

circular design on two wheels: belin design office presents ekka electric motorcycles
 

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project info:

 

name: Ekka M-1 and Ekka CS-1 Electric Motorcycle
designer: Belin Design Office | Katon Rezkita, F. Almuh

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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