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URB-E

Winner - Bronze

Competition: Spark:Transport
Designer: Grant Delgatty - Chief Creative Officer
Design Type: Personal Electric Vehicle
Company / Organization / School: URBAN626
Website: http://urb-e.com
Team Members: Sven Etzelsberger, Chief Technology Officer, sven@urban626.com; Peter Lee, Chief Executive Officer, peter@urban626.com

URB-E is a lightweight, foldable, electric vehicle that solves the “last mile” problem of urban transportation. Machined and built in the USA, URB-E travels up to 15 mph, has a 20-mile range and folds to fit conveniently in a bus, train, or car trunk. With 70% of the world’s population living in urban areas by 2025, commuters need efficient, compact, and sustainable modes of transportation. URB-E alleviates the daily pain points of urban commuting by linking city dwellers to transportation hubs efficiently and effectively while eliminating the need for parking, sitting in traffic, paying for gas, or squeezing an unwieldy vehicle onto public transit. URB-E is machined and assembled in California out of American-produced aircraft grade aluminum and lightweight carbon fiber. Its high quality materials and patented circular cutouts allow it to weigh only 35 lbs while remaining safe and sturdy enough to pass even the most stringent durability tests. The vehicle runs on an advanced 36V lithium ion battery and an ultra-compact 250W brushless motor. From dead, the battery charges fully in 4 hours.