Traffic – the bane of our existence. It is the reason some people choose against working in the city or working in any urban environment if they can. Traffic can turn a great mood into a sour one. Think of that one day that you got out of the door ahead of time, and while you celebrate your small sparkle of time-management success, traffic finds a way to vomit all over that.
The worst part about traffic is when you work downtown, and you live downtown, it still takes you 30 minutes to get to work. #ButWhy
With urban living, work isn’t exactly walking distance, but buses, taxis, and Ubers aren’t the solution either. There’s a cost there, in terms of time, or dollars. Modern-day transport options haven’t solved this issue.
Along came the electric scooter movement, a perfect solution to the one to three mile commute distance. Before you could blink, there were electric rental scooters kicking back on every corner, around every turn. Passengers are dropping $2 to $6 per ride and in the midst of all of this hype, the URB-E is born. The futuristic URB-E electric scooter bends all of the rules in all of the right ways. The URB-E is daring, tech-forward, and smart. In a time where designs are leaning with soft lines and silhouettes, ergonomic and inviting, complex, and even feminine, the URB-E boasts a boxy physique lacking visual complexity, yet it fascinates.
Sven Etzelsberger, URB-E’s Chief Technology Officer, leads us through the design and development of the URB-E electric vehicle, using the SOLIDWORKS platform.
“One of the things I realized is that it does not take a 3,000 lb vehicle to move a 180 lb body.”
So, can I just talk like Sven for, say, a day? Everyone would believe everything I say. Sven can say ‘2+2=1’ and we would say, “Yes, Sven. Yes.”
You can see that their product development workflow is seamless and they can progress quickly.
“What attracted me to SOLIDWORKS is that it allows us to keep a lot of the auxiliary data all contained in a single assembly: our FEA simulation, our part design, our drawings, our CAM parts…in a single assembly”
Sven explains that they were easily able to create a newer model and change manufacturing processes rather quickly by using SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal, thus creating a product at a lower price point, making it more affordable and broadening their target prospects.
SOLIDWORKS and URB-E are a perfect match. SOLIDWORKS isn’t going anywhere, while URB-E takes you everywhere.
About Amee Meghani
Amee is an Engineering Manager in the Texas region with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She has 10 years of industry experience and has been with GoEngineer/Progression for over 5 years. She enjoys writing and keeping our customers informed of the latest and greatest.
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