Doehmers Research Lab Modernizes the Moped with Its TD-MP1 Concept

Dec 3, 2021

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Mopeds were once an immensely popular mode of transportation, touted for their incredibly economical and utilitarian nature. And while these small-displacement two-wheelers have since fallen out of popularity since the ‘70s and ‘80s, the rise of modern EV powertrains has reinvigorated the space, as demonstrated by this thoroughly modern electric moped concept from Sweden’s Doehmers Research Lab.

Known as the “Moppe Apparatus TD-MP1,” this rendered concept was penned by Torkel Dohmers and is described as a “modern answer to the iconic Honda SS50.” Merging vintage and contemporary visual themes, the TD-MP1 is constructed around a monocoque chassis that utilizes the battery housing as a stressed member. A modern swing-arm design has been paired with an old-school dual rear shock setup, while directly above sits a kicked-up, ribbed yellow leather saddle that’s capped off with a taillight setup comprised of LED-backlit vertical acrylic slats. Moving forward, the project features a transparent quarter-fairing-style windscreen and clip-on handlebars that poke out through the moped’s wooden “tank.” Rather than using a digital display or traditional instrumentation setup, the TD-MP1 features a recess meant to accommodate an iPhone which then serves as the bike’s display. Riding on skinny wheels fitted with aero disc covers front and aft, the bike also sports rear sets that are mounted directly to the swing-arm, 3D-printed metal signature emblems, disc brakes, and an LCD battery percentage indicator screen.

Thus far, the Moppe Apparatus TD-MP1 has only been rendered in digital form, though Doehmers is welcoming investors, so there’s a real chance this electric moped concept could see production, though only time will tell.

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Photo: Doehmers Research Lab
Photo: Doehmers Research Lab
Photo: Doehmers Research Lab

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