VIDEO: Faraday Bikes CEO Talks About His Inspiration for Electric Bike Design

I am very passionate about spreading the word about electric bikes as useful, convenient, and fun vehicles for getting around town.

I believe that electric bikes combine some of the conveniences of a car with the advantages of a bicycle.

I recently came across this great video about the owner of Faraday Bikes, Adam Vollmer, and his story definitely captures what I strongly believe in.

So without further ado, enjoy this video from Dark Rye!

And here is a video about the Faraday Porteur electric bike:

What do you think?  Are you seeing more people on bikes in your community?  Do you think electric bikes could help more people enjoy bike commuting?

Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks!

-Pete

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  1. Norm April 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Cool looking e-bike!

    What does it weigh, this Faraday?

    • Pete April 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi Norm,

      It weighs 39 pounds without the rack.

      Pete

  2. Dennis April 3, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Personally, I prefer recumbents – any plans there?

  3. Tom K April 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    What is the price for this bike?

    • Pete April 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi Tom, this bike will retail for $3,800.

  4. jr April 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    This bike is similar to the sayno eneloop.

  5. Keith Eveson April 9, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I am extremely impressed, I’ve had an electric bike for 2 years, and love it, I’m 76 years young, I get excercise peddling, then when it gets tough, just like the Faraday, the motor cuts in and helps push me up the hills etc,
    How much does the Faraday in the video cost, sounds the way to go, when I need to upgrade my present one.

    • Pete April 9, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Hi Keith, the Faraday Porteur will retail for $3,800.

  6. Evan Ravitz April 9, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I started a petition to legalize ebikes on Boulder, CO’s paths and bike racks because I think ebikes will in 5 years at least double the bikes on the roads, and studies prove there is safety in numbers: drivers pay attention when they see lots of cyclists. Ebikes “level the playing field” for injured, sedentary or older people -and hills! They’re great rehab. Here’s the petition: http://signon.org/sign/legalize-ebikes-on-boulder We could use some publicity.

    • Pete April 9, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Great work Evan!

  7. Evan Ravitz April 9, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    PS: The Faraday is a beautiful piece of engineering -and light enough to easily carry, unlike the majority of ebikes. BUT, isn’t it easy to burn out those hub motors -not having the advantage of the bike’s gears like with mid-mounted motors- on big hills like we have in Boulder?

    • Pete April 9, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Hi Evan, it may not climb as well on the steep hills when compared to a mid drive, but I don’t think the hub motor will “burn out”. These bikes are designed in San Francisco; land of many steep hills :)

  8. Jeffrey April 9, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I love this bike, but more than four times my potential budget. I’ll stick to my Hilltopper for now.

  9. Ken Sanders April 9, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Absolutely a great video about Faraday and the idea of electric assist bicycles for your everyday commute Let the e bike revolution begin the products are out there

  10. John Rooney April 9, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    I Love our Hilltopper Hub Motor, have 2 in florida and 2 in Minnesota. when they fail I will check out all options.

  11. W W Ching April 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    It’s a great piece to hang up in your living room, worth every $ of it

  12. jr April 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Cool video but Faraday is just too expensive for me. $3800 is simply too high.. I built my ebike for $1300 and it has a 1000 watt motor and a 48 volt battery.

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