Difference between revisions of "KBE Motors"

From OpenGeofiction Encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m (grammar correction)
m (History)
 
Line 84: Line 84:
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Founding (1887) to 1910===
 
===Founding (1887) to 1910===
KBE Motors was founded in 1887 as the "Kattenden Bicycle Makers" by Ignacio Lago-Skrifari, an immigrant to Duncanheim from Hanyala. In 1892, Ignacio's son, Xeno Lago-Skrifari, having graduated from Laglendith University with a Journeyman's Degree in Mechanistics ''(a precursor to Engineering)'', began making small electric motors in his father's workshop. After these began selling profitably to hobbyists, educators and occasionally other workshops, the Lago-Skrifaris decided to change their company's name to "Kattenden Bicycle & Electric Motor Company".
+
KBE Motors was founded in 1887 as the "Kattenden Bicycle Makers" by Hans Lago-Skrifari, an immigrant to Duncanheim from Norðurland. In 1892, Ignacio's son, Xeno Lago-Skrifari, having graduated from Laglendith University with a Journeyman's Degree in Mechanistics ''(a precursor to Engineering)'', began making small electric motors in his father's workshop. After these began selling profitably to hobbyists, educators and occasionally other workshops, the Lago-Skrifaris decided to change their company's name to "Kattenden Bicycle & Electric Motor Company".
 
Not long after this, they began producing a new battery-powered electric tricycle, although these were mainly considered a curiosity, as they were expensive to build and maintain. Xeno Lago-Skrifari patented a design for an electric automobile in 1909, however, the company initially made very few.
 
Not long after this, they began producing a new battery-powered electric tricycle, although these were mainly considered a curiosity, as they were expensive to build and maintain. Xeno Lago-Skrifari patented a design for an electric automobile in 1909, however, the company initially made very few.
  

Latest revision as of 13:10, 16 January 2020

KBE Motors, RCG
TypeAutomaker
IndustryElectric Vehicle Manufacturing
 and related industries
Founded1887
FounderIgnacio Lago-Skrifari
HeadquartersKattenden, Duncanheim
Key PeopleHawkface Sedrusbond, CEO
 Tylar Lago-Skrifari, FLO & COO


KBE Motors, RCG is a manufacturer of electric vehicles and their components, headquartered in Kattenden, Duncanheim. It has a near-total monopoly on the automotive sector in Duncanheim, with a strong export division as well.


History

Founding (1887) to 1910

KBE Motors was founded in 1887 as the "Kattenden Bicycle Makers" by Hans Lago-Skrifari, an immigrant to Duncanheim from Norðurland. In 1892, Ignacio's son, Xeno Lago-Skrifari, having graduated from Laglendith University with a Journeyman's Degree in Mechanistics (a precursor to Engineering), began making small electric motors in his father's workshop. After these began selling profitably to hobbyists, educators and occasionally other workshops, the Lago-Skrifaris decided to change their company's name to "Kattenden Bicycle & Electric Motor Company". Not long after this, they began producing a new battery-powered electric tricycle, although these were mainly considered a curiosity, as they were expensive to build and maintain. Xeno Lago-Skrifari patented a design for an electric automobile in 1909, however, the company initially made very few.

1911


This changed, however, with the 1911 Declaration of Import and Manufacture Prohibition For Automobiles, which banned the importation of automobiles to Duncanheim, the manufacturing of automobiles in Duncanheim by any company not originating in Duncanheim, and the establishment of new automobile manufacturing companies in Duncanheim. This rather complicated law was established by King Wolfrik IV, who feared that imported automobiles would render the recently completed and massively over-budget and delayed National Rail network obsolete. This would be a political disaster for both Wolfrik IV and the legacy of his father, Wolfrik III, who started the construction of the National Rail. While the new law was designed to prevent cars from being sold in Duncanheim entirely, its three main prohibitions and subsequent details left an unintentional loophole directly surrounding the Kattenden Bicycle & Electric Motor Company, as the King and his advisers were unaware of Xeno Lago-Skrifari's patent on an electric motorcar. Xeno and his father began working to create a more easily producible version while still following the design in the patent, as they saw that there was a demand, however small at the time, for automobiles.

1912 to 1984


Between 1912 and 1949, the Kattenden Bicycle and Electric Motor Company produced several tens of thousands of vehicles in several different models, most of which performed poorly, as their batteries ran down quickly and they had a top speed of 25 miles per hour. In 1949, Xeno's original patent was due to expire, and when the now aged engineer renewed his patent, he was permitted to update it, which he did, with a new design that was the fruit of nearly 40 years of prototypes - the chassis was capable of being built into either a five seat sedan, a two-seat cargo vehicle (pickup or small van); the motor was capable of propelling the vehicle at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour; and the batteries could sustain the vehicle for the duration of an average 275 kilometer journey, long enough to cross Duncanheim from north to south. The new 1949 model outsold anything Kattenden Bicycle and Electric Motor Company had made before, and shortly thereafter they changed their name to the much shorter "KBE Motors, RCG", the name they retain to this day.

1985 to Present


The old automotive ban from 1911 was ultimately rescinded in 1985, however, by this time, KBE Motors had established themselves quite fully as the standard for vehicular transportation in Duncanheim (apart from trains). Additionally, as KBE Motors had only ever made electric cars, whereas most other automakers around the globe used internal combustion engines, the cost of importing both a foreign car and then trying to find fuel for it in a nation that had never previously needed gasoline/petrol stations, only charging stations, precluded most of Duncanheim from buying foreign vehicles, allowing KBE Motors to retain a near monopoly on automobiles in Duncanheim up to the present day.

Models

Current Models

Name Type Production Notes
Ricki A three-wheeled three-seat sedan 1989-present based off of a bicycle rickshaw, with two rear seats and one front seat
Mini Two-seat hatchback sedan 1989-present
Sedan B Four-door five-seat sedan 1989-present An updated version of the 1949 Sedan
Hauler C Two-seat pickup truck 1993-present An updated version of Hauler A, Xeno Lago-Skrifari's 1949 Pickup
Hauler D Two-seat cargo van 1993-present An updated version of Hauler B, Xeno Lago-Skrifari's 1949 Van
Mountain Car Two-door four-seat sport utility vehicle 1993-present Designed for use in rugged terrain