We first wrote about the Faraday electric bicycle from Ideo in October last year when it won the Oregon Manifest design competition, taking the title as the best urban utility bike. Well, it seems that the bike is finally here as it makes its debut on Kickstarter. Designed by IDEO, an international design and innovation consultancy, and in collaboration with Rock Lobster Custom Cycles, the Faraday Porteur electric bicycle combines old-fashioned elegant design with state-of-the-art technologies to create the ultimate electric-propelled utility bicycle for modern people like you and me.
The electric bike features a patent-pending pedal-assist that delivers electric power each time the rider pedals the bike, as well as lithium batteries that are hidden within its frame. Just because the bike is high-tech doesn’t mean that it has to look so futuristic. The designers have managed to keep the bike simple by outfitting it with a power switch.
There’s also a “Boost Mode” which lets out an extra surge of power to overcome steep terrains, and high-powered LED headlights and taillights that will automatically turn on at night. At the end of the day, all you’ll need to do is to recharge the bike for 45 minutes. The bike is actually named after the British scientist Michael Faraday, who made huge contributions in the field of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.