The Faraday Porteur Electric Bike: Love at First Sight

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26th Jul, 2012

Bicycles are great. Really, they are. And there are some beautiful designs out there. But as I was riding in the safety of an air conditioned taxi today, watching cyclists struggle in the merciless city heat, I couldn’t have been more thankful that I wasn’t dependent on a damn bicycle. Even in mild weather, uphill cycling sucks. It sucks big time. Don’t try to deny it.

I’ve been toying with the idea of electric bicycles since moving to Paris as an alternative to a scooter since I’ve decided I want to make it through my twenties ( we’re talking about a girl who just broke her arms tripping over a computer cable).

But the problem with electric bicycles is that they’re all made with one unique feature: sheer ugliness.

Until now…

Yes, that’s an electric bicycle…

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Behold the Faraday Porteur. Oooh, the name alone just sounds swanky doesn’t it? All European and stuff. Well folks, this beautiful and timeless two-wheeler is the answer to semi-lazy bike-lovers’ prayers everywhere.

 

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What you’re looking at is a prototype by San Francisco-based company, Faraday Bicycles, who sought funding for production of the bike through online funding platform, Kickstarter. Before you sigh, “Not another prototype!”, the company has already smashed their goal of reaching $100,000 over three weeks before their deadline. Yep, this baby is going into production!

It becomes electric at the click of the button, giving you a boost up hills or in hot weather and takes just 45 minutes to recharge! I’m in love.

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Watch the video to watch her in action and get all the extra details I’ve skipped over. Start following Faraday on Facebook and Twitter to find out when you can get your hands on one!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/45912510]

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