Every once and a while, I get busy with work and other projects and allow a really great design submission to fall through the cracks. Greek industrial designer Dimitris Niavis’ Kaylad-e concept is a perfect example of that. Niavis sent me a message about his e-trike project about a month ago, but I somehow overlooked it until now. If you follow other design blogs, you have probably already seen the electric trike concept that Niavis created for his thesis/graduation project late last year. It is a great looking design that definitely deserves the exposure.
This is how Niavis explains the project on his Coroflot page (which you should check out to see several nice sketches and renderings from the project):
“The brief was to design a hybrid vehicle for commuting in the modern metropolis.
Kaylad-e aims to help people make the shift to active means of transport in a safe, stylish and enjoyable manner.
Everyone enjoys different things in an experience. This is due to different mindsets, culture, situations, environment etc.
Fun and enjoyment was one of the most important guidelines of Kaylad-e.
The first goal was to remove as many of the stress factors and discomfort of commuting by bicycle as possible. Thus enabling the rider to enjoy all the aspects of the ride.
The second was to create a product that will last and mature over time. Choice of materials and the ability to adapt to new technology [battery, motor etc.] are a crucial step in that direction.”
While you are there, be sure to watch his video which covers many of the features of the Kaylad-e concept trike (integrated lock, mid drive motor, removable battery, GPS and saddle lock, integrated lights, bag rack, etc.). I think you will agree that this is a nice design and a great presentation! Glad I didn’t miss it entirely.