Electric Commuter Bike Offers Riders Short-Term Speed Bursts
Faraday bikes hide their electrical components for a stylish, easy ride that offers 20 miles of assisted pedaling
Though the Faraday bike looks like most other commuter bicycles, a pair of lithium batteries mounted to the frame power a silent motor. The motor isn’t designed to drive the bicycle everywhere, but can give a short-term burst on uphill stretches or in the face of a headwind.
Riders hold down a handle-mounted on switch to power up, and the motor shuts down automatically if the pedals stop moving. It has a capacity for twenty miles of assisted peddling. The combined weight of the motor and batteries don’t convert the bike into a weight set: the total vehicle weighs in at 39 pounds.