This chic, wooden electric scooter is carved from chestnut

February 19, 2021 by  
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Imagine a comfortable, fashionable electric scooter made from sustainable materials that doesn’t sacrifice quality. Thanks to a collaboration between designer Mikiya Kobayashi, automotive manufacturer Aisin and wood furniture manufacturer Karimoku, this concept for the ILY-Ai wooden electric scooter promises just that. While the three-wheeled, personal electric scooter is mainly meant for use in large public spaces such as malls and event halls, its shape allows it to blend into nearly every type of venue. With three wheels for optimum balance and mobility, a soft, padded leather seat and a safety sensor, the ILY-Ai scooter is super comfortable and completely user-friendly. Related: The pros and cons of electromobility The body is carved out of solid chestnut wood, one of the stronger of the natural hardwoods . According to the designer, chestnut wood is about 75% lighter than white oak and lasts longer thanks to its natural ability to resist decay. The combination of aluminum, a highly recyclable material, in the design helps complement the smooth, unpainted wooden exterior. While the work of Karimoku and Kobayashi is observed aesthetically through the curved wooden body, the expertise of Aisin’s engineers is hidden inside. The latest in electric vehicle technology under the hardwood includes a safety sensor to bring the entire vehicle to a complete stop automatically in case of unforeseen obstacles, especially handy if the rider becomes distracted. The team that put this concept together is highly qualified for the next biggest thing in functional, fashionable electric mobility. Tokyo-based Mikiya Kobayashi is known for minimal shapes and natural materials , specifically wood, in his designs. The relationship between the designer and Karimoku spans 13 years, when the two collaborated on a furniture collection together. Aisin, which is partly owned by Toyota, specializes in a wide range of energy-related products for the automotive, lifestyle and wellness industries. + Mikiya Kobayashi Photography by Yosuke Owashi via Mikiya Kobayashi

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The multimobility model: a new type of transportation

February 11, 2019 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: Alisyn Malek of May Mobility discusses how innovation in first- and last-mile solutions can make needed emissions reductions for the transportation sector.

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5 winners and losers from California governor Jerry Brown’s transportation legacy

January 11, 2019 by  
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He had ‘moonshot’ environmental goals, but his impact on the mobility sector was more mixed.

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New research shows that emissions are rising in the United States again — it’s time to look to Europe

January 11, 2019 by  
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After some years of emissions falling, this year represents one of the highest rise in U.S. carbon emissions in the past two decades.

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May Mobility CEO Alisyn Malek on first- and last-mile solutions

November 16, 2018 by  
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Autonomous, electric and shared vehicles — also known as the three revolutions — are supposed to be the future. And May Mobility, CEO of Alisyn Malek, is embracing it, having created a self-driving and electric shuttle service that focuses specifically on first and last mile solutions.Focusing on working with existing transportation and community transit, these new vehicles are hoping to work in tandem. “We start with one project in a specific neighborhood to get the community comfortable with the technology, and then look for more opportunities to expand,” she said.

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Episode 146: Leadership tips from Warriors coach Kerr, thoughts on measuring circularity

October 26, 2018 by  
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Plus, we chat about innovation at biotech company Novozymes and ridesharing pioneer Lyft.

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Introducing a frequent flyer program for ground transportation

July 24, 2018 by  
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Will a rewards program help cities and companies nudge residents and commuters away from single occupancy vehicles?

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What Mobility as a Service (MaaS) means for the transportation industry

June 11, 2018 by  
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Shared transit options are revving up, but challenges from users and cities remain.

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Upward e-mobility: How electric vehicles are driving a new class of ‘pro-sumers’

May 18, 2018 by  
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EV supply and demand are both growing rapidly in popularity, but obstacles still remain to mass adoption.

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Why it matters that affordable housing hits the triple bottom line

May 18, 2018 by  
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The net-zero energy (NZE) opportunity for all.

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