Dedicated to revolutionary bicycle innovation and design, a new company Faraday Bicycles has now come up with an e-bike that looks and feels like a premium city bicycle, but performs in a class of its own. The Faraday Porteur, an ultimate modern utility bike is inspired by the classic European delivery bikes of the 1940s’s and 50’s and updated with state-of-the-art construction techniques and components. Faraday's retro-utility bike also offers pedal-assist powered by a lithium-ion battery, and features an automatic front and tail LED lights, front-mounted removable rack , wood fenders, accessory bag, meticulously stitched leather details, and 8-spd Shimano Alfine internally geared hub. However, we have also earlier seen some of the one-off bikes like the Aston martin’s limited edition One-77 bicycle, Audi’s e-bike boasting on-board computer, an Italian gold plated bicycle with auxiliary motor, besides the world’s most expensive bicycles for uber-rich riders.
Keeping in mind that bicycles do trim our waistlines, brighten our commutes, help makes cities cleaner and more vibrant, the engineers and designers at Faraday Bicycle designed this ultimate Faraday Porteur e-bike to give people a reason to smile about.
The Faraday Porteur bicycle was originally a joint project of IDEO designers and the frame-builder rock Lobster for the Oregon Manifest Challenge, where it won the People’s Choice award. Interestingly, the leader of that original effort, Adam Vollmer, has since left IDEO to launch Faraday Bicycles, which is now offering its first run on Kickstarter.
Everything one needs to ride comfortably and safely has been considered, starting from an integrated front and rear integrated LED lights, 8-speed internal geared hub and a removable rack.
Further, a simple thumb actuated selector switch on the handlebar turns the Faraday Porteur’s pedal assist on and off, and tempts the rider to try ‘Boost’ mode. Faraday’s 250W motor is silent and frictionless, while a custom 110Wh lithium-ion battery delivers 10-15 miles of full pedal-assist riding.
Weighing just 39 pounds, the bike is light enough to carry on stairs or load in a car and bus, and also boasts a Swiss-made scissoring kickstand that tucks out of the way, then easily deploys for the convenience. The beautiful bike will retail for $3,800 when it goes into production.