Faraday Bikes: get one of your own!
The Faraday Porteur is the first bike to enter production from the 2011 Oregon Manifest Design Challenge, after explosive responses and a “People’s Choice Award”. Featuring a beautiful, streamlined frame and functional features, the Faraday electric-assist bike has been dubbed the “ultimate modern utility bike”.
Unlike previous e-assist prototypes, the Faraday features a discrete battery chic enough to be overlooked, is capable of 10-15 miles of full assist pedaling, and can be recharged in any standard outlet. A switch on the handlebars turns the Faraday’s pedal assist on and off. With a 250W motor, the Faraday claims to “pack the punch of a Tour de France cyclist”.
Dreamed up among the hills of San Francisco, the Faraday is best suited to urban environments, allowing commuters to arrive to work looking fresh. The Oregonian cites the worldwide market for e-assist bikes to currently be at $6.9 billion, with an estimated 7.5% increase annually. The Faraday, however, is distinguishable from competitors as a result of its sophisticated aesthetics.