CAKE Kibb is proposing a possible mobility solution for regenerative agriculture that suits better within the values that comes with that. A non-disturbing vehicle both physically and chemically that can help throughout the day of a farmer’s lifestyle, in a diverse and modular manner.
We must harness the generative power of earth itself. The power lies in biodiversity, and we can no longer operate farms and ranches with only one type of crop or animal. To operate regenerative ranches the need to move around on the lands is crucial. Livestock needs to be moved so that the grass and crops they are walking on is as little disturbed as possible. Keeping multi crop fields would also require more supervision.
The inspiration and drive for this project became to design a vehicle that would reflect on similar values and respect for our environment as previously mentioned type of agriculture. A lot of the work on a ranch/farm requires heavy fossil driven machinery. Which is a bit contradictory since your biggest focus on a ranch/farm is to take care of the animals and their surroundings, and to do that you are using vehi-cles that in more than one way disturbs and destroy its surroundings.
The result of this thesis is the Kibb which is a word meaning ox in Gutniska that is a dialect from the Swedish island Gotland. This name is representing the strength of the vehicle as well as the gentleness an animal has on the nature non-dependent on its size.
The vehicle itself is an electric ATV that will gently move around the farm with and without a human driver. With modularity being an important aspect throughout the design. To be able to tackle various tasks that is required at a ranch or farm. Kibbs technology can be easily replaced thanks to this modular approach, ensuring an up-to-date product for the end consumer, by keep allowing users to swap these parts out and update their product the lifetime is extended beyond the regularly planned obsolescence cycles the industry uses today.
The simplistic design is catching the essence of what is necessary for the vehicle. With this keeping an honest expression.
The vehicle is designed to at all times make as little impact as possible although still provide the user with the power and capability that is needed. It is moving around the farm with a gentle and confident manner respecting the ground and its surroundings.
Kibb has a holistic approach to material choices, by utilizing what can already be found in the countryside. Its tires are made out of dandelions which are widespread across Scandinavia and it’s plastics made from linseed plants grown locally in Sweden. Aluminium is the main material used for both frame as well as other details on the ATV. As a material aluminium is a sustainable choice due to its recyclability without material degradation through multiple lifecycles.
The main stakeholders in this project except the human user are the animals. Both the ones living in the soil but also the ones living on the farm. If keeping the soil covered and a healthy root system, a diverse ecosystem of bugs and organisms can thrive in it. Above ground the quiet and non-direct polluting elec-tric drivetrain will keep the environment around the farm animals non-disturbing both physically and chemically.