2020 was all sorts of things (mostly bad), but also brought some positive aspects with it. One of them is the increased demand for electric two-wheelers as people from all over the world looked for alternatives to public transport and carpooling. That is why e-scooters are more in demand than ever.
Katalis decides to mark the beginning of a new year with a new e-scooter concept. The stylistic approach of the EV.500, which was unveiled last year, is similar, but with an added touch of practicality as it also folds up. The space bar is inspired by the computer keyboard, the rebellious 80s, and especially the need to create “space” in both busy city traffic and off-road conditions.
“When we type on a computer or laptop, we open space between the texts by pressing the space bar,” said Katalis, explaining the name of this new concept.
While the space bar is characterized by its box-shaped design, it wouldn’t be the only electric two-wheeler that fully supports this functional, almost ugly approach. Just think of the modular CAKE Osa or the exclusive Tarform Luna motorcycle. Concepts have also chosen this approach, with Ezekiel Ring’s Commooter Scooter playing a prominent role. The demand for retro designs is so great that even the Honda MotoCompo is set to make a comeback.
With this model, Katalis is clearly following design trends, but at the same time offers the space bar numerous functions. There is more to it than you think.
“The space bar can maneuver through the busy streets of the capital to aid the driver’s daily commute. Yes, it’s small, but heavy, like a piece of chili. We designed the space bar specifically for teenagers who want agility in their daily activities, ”adds the design company.
Like a piece of chili, the space bar is unforgettable. It’s box-shaped, but without being practical or convenient. It’s packed with everything you need to be safe in traffic (mirrors, headlights and brake lights, cornering lights). It rides on chunky 10-inch wheels and is powered by 1200W / 48V lithium battery, which makes it a solid choice for large, crowded urban environments. It also has front and rear luggage racks so you can rest assured it’s a convenient replacement car for running errands.
The space bar is foldable as it was designed and built for busy, jam-packed Jakarta. You can completely fold the handlebar stem until it hits the control panel, which reduces the e-scooter to the height of the seat. It’s not much, but it’s still a more compact e-scooter.
With an all-aluminum body and contrasting leather accents, especially on the retro seat, the spacebar is arguably an elegant ride too. There’s no denying that it was made to appeal to Gen Z-er who are passionate about ’80s fashion and styling, both through its direct’ 80s influence and the removal of all unnecessary lint. This is meant to be an e-scooter that gets things done and does it with a certain style.
The space bar represents the first partnership between Katalis and Kamengski. While it’s more than just pixels (in the sense that an actual vehicle is there), there are no plans to bring it into production. We know this.
Instead, the current goal is to encourage the younger generation to get into the two-wheeler by promising them freedom of movement, “space” and a ride that will help them stand out. The space bar shows a glimpse into a likely future, if you will. “With the release of Spacebar we hope that we can inspire more Indonesian youth to develop mobility solutions for the future. The space bar is our way, ”says Katalis.