THE PACK has already published a few E-projects from Belgian designer Ben Surain. Remember his custom build café racer “Nuit”, based on a Super Soco TC Max? Or C-Board, an electric cargo vehicle for last-mile solutions? Today, Ben wants to present a new production-ready project, called “Atlas”.
Project Atlas is a modular electric moped developed by automotive designer Ben Surain in cooperation with the French city Béthune. When Benjamin met the Mayor of Béthune, Olivier Gacquerre, they both discovered some common points for the new Smart City project of the town. Also with Dimitri Berteloot, who was responsible for the Smart City project 2020, they discussed the possibilities of sustainable development and smart mobility for the residents of the city. In the next step both parties signed an agreement to create and develop the Atlas Project.
Benjamin: “Atlas is an electric “moped”, speeding up to 45 km/hour and with a range of 100 km. A lot of new technologies are used (for example 3D printing) and we have chosen some local companies for the technical development (such as the entire frame and assembly). It’s the locals support locals principe and the city of Bethune was so kind to provide a working space to develop this project.
Due to Covid-19, the project had some delay but today the prototypes are ready for homologation. Ben Surain and the City of Béthune have agreed to search for an investor or a third party to commercialise the Atlas Project.
Ben: “I really wanted to come as close as possible to the specifications of the original Mobylette: a light machine, compact, robust, easily repairable and affordable for everyone. Thanks to the simplicity of the machine and the 3D printing, I imagine multiple possibilities of customisation.
Ben Surain has asked “Motorguy” Guy Salens to look for investors to commercialise this new modular moped. Guy: “People are looking for sustainable light electric vehicles nowadays and are interested in new technology. Rising fuel prices are pushing people towards new affordable solutions. The times from early adapters and geeks are over. That’s why I believe in this project: a no-nonsense light electric vehicle that can be fully adapted to your needs. Serious candidates can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org”.