Electric bikes are a great way to get around, but in a bustling city, locking them up in the face of countless leering eyes can leave one heavy with concern. Taking a more subtle approach to the design of their brand new electric bike, Ideo teamed up with bike builders Rock Lobster Cycles to produce a two-wheeler that looks like a peddler straight out of the 50s. But don't be deceived by its retro look, the Faraday packs quite a punch, hiding a series of lithium-ion batteries in its top tubes and a motor in its front hub.
The Faraday was built for the Oregon Manifest design competition, and the design team wanted to keep their cycle’s look simple. With a minty fresh paint job, all of the bike’s techy pieces are kept hidden inside the frame: the parallel top tubes hold a series of lithium-ion batteries that power up the front-hub motor; a green box tucked beneath the seat cluster controls the ride; two prongs up front serve as built-in headlights and the base of a modular racking system, letting you attach everything from baskets to baby seats.