The Faraday Porteur electric bicycle has finally come to market! Built last year for the Oregon Manifest design competition, the classic cycle may look like a simple bike from the 1940s or 50s, but it’s much more thanks to an electric pedal assist system, hidden battery, and front and rear LED lights that turn on and off automatically.

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Last year the Faraday Porteur was dubbed “the ultimate modern utility bicycle” by the Oregon Manifest bicycle design competition and it also won the won the contest’s People’s Choice Award.

“Bicycle ridership and commuting is booming in the U.S., yet there is still a total lack of compelling electric bike products. With Faraday, we are redefining people’s expectations for what an e-bike – or any bike – can be,” explains Lead designer Adam Vollmer. “People are drawn to Faraday because it’s an elegant solution to their daily transportation needs – but they fall in love with it because it’s just too much fun!”

But what makes the Faraday Porteur so unique, besides its retro styling? It’s the simple pedal-assist system and lithium-ion battery hidden within the bike’s frame. This e-cycle is made perfect for everyone from bike lovers to commuters to baby boomers to techies and gadget gurus. Moreover, it boasts a range of up to 15 miles, can be recharged in as little as 45 minutes and has a cool Boost Mode to help tackle those tough hills.

The company has launched a pre-sale of the Faraday Porteur on Kickstarter. The initial pricing is set at $3,500, with a collector’s edition hand-finished by Rock Lobster’s Paul Sadoff costing $10,000.

+ Kickstarter