Planet-friendly e-bicycle designs to commute in style while improving your health!
In 2021, living more sustainably and consciously should be a priority for all of us. Whether it’s making changes in our daily lives, consumption, or even our means of transportation. Our typical fossil-fuel consuming means of transportation need to be replaced by greener and more environment-friendly alternatives, and Electric Bicycles are an appealing option! Not only do they curb fuel consumption and reduce automotive emissions, but they’re also a healthy source of exercise for us! I mean, not only do we get to save the Earth from air pollution, but we can also get some intense cardio done. From foldable e-bicycles to touch-enabled ones, we’ve got you covered with a wide variety of innovative, futuristic, and super stylish designs. Ride on!
The Model B forms a bridge between conventional bicycles and road-vehicles, with a design that, like cars, is designed to be safer, more efficient, and less energy-intensive. The Model B’s sleek frame comes with forward, side-facing, and rear proximity and LiDAR sensors that scan the surroundings to create a protective bubble around the rider, alerting them of any obstacle. Each wheel comes with its own dedicated motor, forming the Model B’s dual-drive system. Spokes on the wheels are replaced by shock-absorbers, helping keep your ride smooth. The frame of the e-bike also integrates foldout footrests and handlebars. The handlebars don’t independently rotate, but rather detect force, allowing you to turn by simply applying more force on a particular side. The front-wheel turns independently, based on handle force input. The Model B also comes with its own autopilot feature that lets the bike’s own AI take over, using the multiple sensors on its frame as its eyes to maneuver the bicycle safely. A slick dashboard sits flush within the bike’s frame, allowing you to see bike stats as well as set navigation for your own reference, or for the Tesla autopilot.
Made to practically be the Tesla of bicycles, the Reevo approaches design, engineering, materials, and performance with a completely fresh set of eyes. Designed to be hollow on the inside, the patent-pending wheels put Reevo in a visual class of its own, giving it a silhouette that’s both futuristic and memorable. We’ll get back to the un-ignorable aesthetic beauty of the Reevo, but let’s just dive into its performance and features for a bit. Reevo can be used as a traditional bicycle, a pedal-assisted e-bike, or a fully electric bicycle powered entirely by the throttle. The US model comes with a 750W motor that allows it to have the 100% throttle feature and a top speed of 25mph. The EU model, however, comes with a 250W motor that assists while you pedal, giving you a boost of speed as much as 25 km/h. The Adaptive Pedal Assist function kicks in when the Reevo detects an incline or riding. Both bike models come with a 48V, 10.5Ah detachable battery that sits within the bike’s sleek frame.
A lot has changed for the Noordung, but it still captures its overall spirit from 2 years ago. The bike’s frame is crafted from carbon-fiber, giving the bike its incredibly low weight. In fact, at 20kgs, Noordung is the lightest cruiser e-bicycle in the world. The updated Noordung ditches the Vivax Assist motor for a 250W Keyde motor (embedded right in the rear wheel) with 4 levels of assisted drive and speed assistance of 25km/h. The most iconic bit of the Noordung is still retained within this updated design. The heart, if you will, of the Noordung is its battery pack, a visually iconic mass that turns the bicycle into an electric bicycle. It plugs right into the frame of the bike, not just electrifying it, but also giving it a visual upgrade. The detachable battery pack contains twenty Li-ion cells with an output of 36 V, 250 Wh. The batteries not only power the e-bike but also deliver power to the in-built boombox that helps enrich the Noordung’s ride experience, as well as supply power to your smartphone, need be. These speakers connect wirelessly to your playback device, allowing you to listen to music while riding, an experience that Noordung’s creator says is truly an experience in itself.
Looking at GEO head-on, three circles catch the eye – the bike’s two wheels and round middle area that doubles as a storage unit and might also contain the e-bike’s power supply. The e-bike’s center circle manages to store a lot of the magic. Narrow in width for smooth pedaling, the center storage unit is completely detachable so riders can easily pack a lunch and bring an extra bathing suit for rides to the beach on those summer Fridays. Adding to the bike’s slender body, its dual-spoke wheels and sparse tubing give the frame a casual and approachable feel. The wheelset’s spokes meet each wheel’s central hub, connecting the bike’s chainstays to its pedals and gears, which join at the base of the bike’s center of gravity. The creative team’s decision to make the top and down tubes of GEO run parallel to one another gives the e-bike an unconventional, slim frame, evoking ideas of how a future electric bike’s structure might look years from now. Another nod to the world of future e-bikes is found smack dab in the middle of GEO’s handlebar, where riders will find the e-bike’s minimal digital interface that indicates riding speed, driving mode, battery level, along with the date and time.
Built with a classically designed outer body, Capri’s bikes look beautifully retro… but they have a secret. Hidden behind their incredibly slim and unassuming frame, under the beautiful 70s-inspired paint job is the bike’s electric-enabled riding ability. With a small but powerful motor that powers the rear wheel, Capri’s bikes boast of a design that reflects the glorious age of European automobiles, along with the power-assist of an e-bike. It’s quite literally present-day technology in a body from the 70s. The Capri comes in two variants, the Metz, with a top-tube frame, and the Azur, with a mixte frame that ditches the top tube for twin tubes running diagonally downwards from the top front to the rear wheel. The bikes come with leather saddles and handlebars (there are variants with vegan leather too), a bottle holder, and an absolutely gorgeous series of paint-jobs that pull inspiration from the vibrant CMF cues of 1970s European automobiles. Weighing at just 16kgs, the Capri e-bikes are unsuspectingly light and are fully designed to look like classic bicycles, while a rear-wheel motor and 6.8Ah battery gives you a pedal-assisted drive for a range of 40kms.
Flit-16’s strongest feature is its seamless blend of design and engineering, brought about by Dave’s technical prowess along with David’s eye for aesthetics and detail. The e-bike surprisingly doesn’t look like one, especially given that the rear-wheel motor is concealed from view, and the Flit’s cylindrical battery was designed to beautifully slide into a hollow space inside the bike’s frame, hiding it from view. The bike has a unique way of also integrating suspension into it that allows the rear wheel to easily absorb any shock brought about by cycling on roads, pavements, or even rocky, gravely paths. Engineered to perfection by Dave Henderson, whose background includes being an engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, the Flit-16 maximizes rigidity within a minimal design that further reduces down thanks to its three main hinges that allow you to fold or unfold your e-bike in just 10 seconds. When folded, the bike can be wheeled around like a shopping cart, allowing you to navigate through buildings and in public spaces without lugging a folded bicycle around. When unfolded, the Flit-16 presents a radical way to explore your city, absorbing everything the urban and suburban scenery has to offer without absorbing any of the bumps on the way, if you know what I mean!
Simplicity is the name of the game these days as the idea of minimalism is getting popular by the day. So why not have two-wheels that can deliver that promise of a minimalistic approach for the urban commute? A simple frame design that can be easily converted into a utility e-bicycle, e-scooter, or even better, an e-kickboard. South Korea based mobility designer Jung Soo Lee has mustered up the niche idea of a two-wheeled commuter for the whole family inspired by the simple line, and that’s the reason she likes to call it the One Line. The idea is darn simple – a line is the mainframe of the commute, and depending on who’s going to use it, One Line can adapt to that form. It can be a classic Korean bicycle with a basket (having integrated light) to keep the groceries you just bought from the supermarket or fresh flowers for your lover. Then in another avatar, it can take the shape of an electric scooter for faster commuting from one place to the other. One scenario for usage is the e-kickboard, wherein the line frame design now functions as the platform for standing. For the first two iterations, the battery is placed under the seat with LED indicators displaying the remaining battery levels.
An elegantly folding electric bike, the Footloose occupies negligible amounts of space when folded. Its wheels align together, while its otherwise chunky frame folds inwards, occupying a mere 20-30% of the space it did when open. Designed with a chainless system, the Footloose packs a cutting-edge series hybrid system within its broad-yet-hollow aluminum frame. All components such as the ECU, battery, alternator, and motor all hide from sight inside the bicycle’s frame, giving you a sense of a transportation medium that looks complete and refined, just like a car does, by hiding all functional components from the human eye. It also features an intelligent gear-shifting system that can actuate on its own, relying on AI to figure out when to kick in. Additionally, the Footloose also comes with an HMI dashboard that gives you stats like your speed, distance traveled, and battery level, while even working as an anti-theft device and alarm for the Footloose.
Designed to be a tactical tool rather than a basic vehicle, the Wildtan M-5600 is literally built for hunting. Its camouflage bodywork helps keep you hidden while you move around in the outdoors looking for game, while the tire treads work on almost all sorts of terrains, helping you move from A to B without making any unwanted noise… paired with an equally silent motor to match. Electric Hunter Bikes are built to quietly carry you and all your hunting equipment through your hunt without making you noticeable… and the Wildtan M-5600 is no exception. The M-5600 features a broad, rugged 6061 ARC Aluminum Alloy frame that can easily carry you as well as your gear while covering any sort of terrain. Integrated into the frame is the hunter bike’s 17.5Ah Panasonic Battery (chargeable via USB), which easily delivers 60-70 miles on a full charge, while the battery itself powers a 1000W Bafang Mid-Drive Motor, located in the middle of the bike’s frame (as opposed to most rear-wheel motors). This unusual placement helps keep the Wildtan M-5600’s center of gravity between both its wheels while also providing great handling… even when you’re driving uphill.
With its chunky 6061 Aluminum alloy frame and 4-inch treads, the Maxfoot sort of hovers in the intersection between being a motorbike and a bicycle. When you ask the makers what it truly is, the answer seems to confirm that too. The Maxfoot was made to battle congested roads while providing a solution that’s safe, energy-efficient, good for your health, and easy on your wallet. It packs a pedal-assisting rear-wheel motor with a wattage of up to 1000, along with a 7-speed Shimano gear system. Powering this motor is a 14Ah battery that delivers a remarkable average of 60 miles on a single charge, with pedal-assisted speeds of up to 28mph. To make these rides as smooth as you’d expect from a motorbike, the Maxfoot houses a dual-suspension on the front and a 6-bar linkage suspension on the rear. Right up front, each Maxfoot comes armed with a 5″ backlit smart-LCD dashboard display that even doubles up as a power bank, allowing you to connect and charge your smartphone or GoPro while on the move