Vinghen Brings Style and Comfort to the Electric Scooter!
Designed For a fun commute! Inspired by longboarding and surfing! With its fat tires, Ti1 is stable, comfortable, and engaging.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, June 12 2019 8:59 PM UTC +00:00.
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"The origins of Vinghen can be traced back to the mid-90s when a kid named Tsvetan was drawing cars all the time. He called the flagship of his imaginary company Vinghen. Years later that kid became an automotive engineer and worked for some of the best known car and truck brands in the world. In the summer of 2016 the young engineer made a sketch that would change his life. This was the sketch that made him switch courses as he decided that commuting should be made not only bearable, but even fun!
This is how Vinghen Ti1 was born and that kid was me!"
Two and a half years later the sketch became a fully functional prototype that is one step away from production. Now we can make this final step together on Kickstarter!
This is Vinghen Ti1, a full-size, electric scooter that relies on fat tires for improved comfort, stability, handling, and looks. It has a simple, yet very distinctive design that was inspired by traditional engineering, surfing, and longboarding with one of its key features being the longboard shaped deck.
Vinghen Ti1 is powered by a 250W electric motor, limited to 15mph or 25km/h. One battery charge gives you a real-world range of up to 25 miles or 40 kilometers. You can always go further by combining your kicks with the electric assistance of the motor, or if you feel like doing some sports, just switch off the electronics and move around by kicking, just like you would do on a regular push-scooter!
This configuration is legal on bike lanes in the EU. We are aware that currently some laws are being voted and we will comply with the outcome, so that you receive a street legal push-scooter.
Riding Vinghen Ti1 is easy and you only need a few minutes to get used to it. From then on it is all about experimenting with your posture and weight distribution until you find how you feel best and how you could have the most fun!
Watch a short explanation from Tsvetan on how to start with it:
With regards to charging, you should use the included charger and your standard household socket. Watch a short video with one of our prototypes:
Please note that the production version will have the battery socket at a slightly different location on the box. There will be a rubber cover protecting it too.
The diagram below shows the basics of Vinghen Ti1. All bicycles will be shipped with one charger, one front light, one tail light, and a user manual. You will be able to choose between urban or all-terrain tires.
We believe that when you buy a bicycle or a push-scooter you should have a better choice than just white, grey, and black. This is why we are offering Vinghen Ti1 with a choice of five standard and four optional, carefully selected colors!
Kickstarter is a great way for us to start our business and for you to get the Vinghen Ti1 at a significant discount compared to the planned retail price of €1210 / $1360. During the campaign Ti1 will be available in Europe, USA, and Canada.
We know that you may be willing to help towards our goal without getting a push-scooter, so besides VInghen Ti1, by supporting our Kickstarter, you can get some cool t-shirts and stickers that celebrate the design of Vinghen.
We are also offering the Ti1 with some optional equipment. You can include this by adding the necessary amount to your selected pledge. We will confirm your configuration after the end of the campaign.
The development process of Vinghen Ti1 was long and complex.We started with a single hand drawn sketch.
This was followed by extensive work with CAD software to create the geometry, visualize the end product, and generate engineering drawings. We also did structural analysis using Finite Element Analysis to make sure that the frame will be stiff and durable.
We then moved to the manufacturing of the deck. It was laser cut precisely from a piece of high quality plywood. This was then impregnated and some finishing touches were done.
After that it was time to get on with the electronics box. We created a mold, another more precise mold was created from it and finally we started making some fiberglass boxes that were then painted and finished.
Then it was time for the hardest part - the frame. It must be manufactured with great precision, so that the scooter handles like you would expect it. We did many trials bending the pipes in order to set our machines properly, but finally the frame was there, bent, welded, and painted.
Finally it was assembly time and just over two years after Tsvetan sketched the scooter, we were able to do the first rides, and these were truly amazing!
"I am an automotive engineer and I love cars. However, I do love them on the open road and definitely not in the city where they are slow, noisy, dirty, expensive and just don't make much sense.
I am a firm believer that micro mobility is the future of individual city transportation. Therefore I decided to start Vinghen and to focus on two wheeled electric vehicles for commuting. But I also wanted to make this good fun! Hence with our first product I made certain changes to the traditional push-scooter, so that it is more engaging, more comfortable, and just more enjoyable on the city streets and bike lanes.
I also wanted to incorporate some of my own style into this product. Therefore I created a V-shaped frame that reminds me of a wave and a deck that resembles a surfboard... well, once Maryan came on board he suggested that we make it look like a longboard and that's what we did, as it certainly suits Vinghen Ti1 better!
I am eager to work on Vinghen and to build a brand that will be associated with individualism, high quality, and elegance.
Thank you for your time, reading this project and for your support!"
"I am very excited to be part of the Vinghen Ti1 project. The minute I saw Tsvetan's concept, I realized it is an idea with huge potential, so I accepted his offer to work on the design of certain parts of the push-scooter.
With regards to climate change and traffic congestion, micro mobility is an important topic and Vinghen offers an innovative alternative to the traditional push-scooters. I have to admit that the finished product looks even better than I was imagining and I am positive that once we start series production, we will have one of the most distinctive push scooters on the market."
Risks and challenges
We have already completed and registered the design of Vinghen Ti1 and we have done some testing with our fully functional prototypes. We have also secured suppliers and local manufacturers to work with, so the engineering part of the job is done.
What we see as a risk for the campaign are unexpected currency fluctuations and raw material price changes. However realistically we don't expect any significant changes in the coming months, so we evaluate this risk as fairly low.
We have made an ambitious time plan, as we would like you all to have your Vinghen Ti1 scooters before the end of the summer. Being engineers and having worked in a demanding industry such as the automotive, we are fairly confident that we can achieve what we have planned. Nevertheless there is always a risk for some delays primarily due to logistics and supplier delays. However we will keep you posted about everything that is going on with production of that first batch of Vinghen Ti1!
Last, but not least, Tsvetan has already worked on two successful Kickstarter projects, so he has good knowledge of how to manage these, so that we can keep our backers happy! Oh, and if you are wondering, these projects were "Rebel: Utility Watch / Timepiece" completed in 2014 and "Rompi Slippers: The Top Treat For Your Cold Feet" completed in 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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