the amount of power in a motorcycle does not necessarily dictate how fun two-wheel riding can be, just remember the iconic honda SS50 for example. in similar style, the moppe apparatus TD-MP1 aims to popularize the use of small EVs, promoting enjoyable mobility without fossil fuels. designed by torkel dohmers, the moped is a modular lightweight electric alternative.
all images courtesy of doehmers research lab
torkel dohmers designed the moppe apparatus TD-MP1 as if a piece of rideable art. the moped is immediately distinguishable by its low aero racing-style ergonomic form. the frame is designed with simplicity in mind as two structural side walls build the body, then componentry and interface stack in-between. the principle references mid-century modernist architecture, which would pair two walls together with sides of glass.
up front, a seemingly floating windshield gives the moped an immediate futuristic aesthetic. the body surface adorns a wood veneer pattern, flowing seamlessly into a long saddle seat bathed in a bright popping orange hue. below, the electric motor and battery is painted black, complementing the blacked-out rims of the wheels.
the lightweight two-wheeler is also unique thanks to its modular design, which aids its ease-of-use. it allows for custom functions to be added, such as a glove box and even a stand for mobile phones. a ‘parked’ iphone, for example, becomes the main interface for the vehicle.
the design aims to popularize the use of small EVs and promotes enjoyable mobility without fossil fuels
the modular of the design improves the ease-of-use