Qesto Motors develops the most advanced electric scooter in the world. The company is founded by Pieter Romijn in 2018 from a passion for vehicle development and to contribute to the increased transition towards sustainable energy. What once began with a sketch of what the most ideal vehicle would look like for use in the city has now grown into a design for a revolutionary scooter that can give urban mobility a completely new face. With an expert team of designers and engineers, based in Raalte (Overijssel), we are working to realise that dream of the ideal vehicle. The composition of the team brings together technical knowledge from the "conventional" motorcycle industry with development experience of electric motors.
The design process of Qesto starts and ends with understanding the exact requirements and wishes of the user. Where usually different disciplines work on the same project, Qesto Motors has a more integrated approach. Through a parallel and iterative process, styling, engineering and software aspects are blended into the final vehicle. With the main elements of product requirements, manufacturability and the latest available technologies, concepts are developed in sketch form and then taken to the next level with volume studies and 3D surface modelling.
Where DESIGN mainly looks at the system and styling, at ENGINEERING the focus is a layer deeper. Mechanics, vehicle dynamics, electronics, UX and telematics are the disciplines that work together to ensure that parts actually function. This collaboration makes it possible to integrate as many components as possible in order to get the design as optimal as possible.
Prototypes are made at an early stage to get immediate feedback on whether a certain component is functioning properly. Rapid-prototype techniques such as 3D printing, CNC machines, but also DIY materials are used to get the required validation at an early stage.
The DELTA is not just a one-off prototype. It is a vehicle that is developed to be produced to the highest standards by a team of experts with extensive experience in vehicle development and production. According to a tailor-made quality system, the DELTA is assembled, with each step being monitored and recorded. The production process is developed on the basis of conventional knowledge in combination with the latest technological developments in the field of automation, augmented reality and best practices from other industries.
One of the most difficult tasks for a new manufacturer is setting up a reliable network of high quality suppliers. Because of the experience within the Qesto team, it is possible to take quick steps in setting up such a supply chain. The focus will be on local suppliers so that the production time can be made as short as possible and changes can be implemented as quickly as possible. In this way, it is also possible to build on industry innovation in our region and to increase the efficiency of all processes in the chain.
QESTO IQ SYSTEM
The key to an actual "smart" vehicle lies within the data it can collect. That is why the DELTA is equipped with an extensive sensor system so that the vehicle can "feel" what it’s status is. From speed to lighting and from tire pressure to saddle load; to the smallest details, data is recorded - and this happens while driving but also when the DELTA is stationary. The information from the sensors comes together via the on-board computer, after which all data can be made transparent in the cloud. By combining the output of different sensors, new insights can also be provided about the status of the vehicle or the manner of use.
The Q-TILT system by Qesto Motors has been developed to optimise safety, ease of driving and to support the rider support in a way that was previously not possible. The operation of the system is as follows; the mass moment of inertia of the vehicle is measured continuously by a special module. This module can control a hydraulic system so that the tilting of the vehicle can be blocked. The system contains an algorithm that can combine and interpret elements such as sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer), information about speed and driving mode to eventually determine whether or not the tilting can be blocked. The assistance of the Q-TILT system is therefore different per person and can also be adjusted to personal requirements.
The Q-TILT system is passive and therefore in fact disconnected from the driving and steering section of the DELTA. No pump is needed, so no extra electricity is needed to run the system.