A former Harley Davidson engineer built the most efficient e-bike of all time

Erik Buell is a pretty common name in the motorbike circuit. Best known for founding Buell Motorbikes, a trueblue American motorcycle company that made some incredible café racers before being acquired by Harley Davidson, Buell soon shifted his attention to the future i.e., electric automobiles. Buell’s latest electric-forward company, Fuell, is part wordplay, part sardonicism, and complete visual and engineering bliss.

The Fuell Fluid is the company’s second ever EV after the Flow, an urban-conscious electric motorbike with a 125 mile range. Made, like the Flow, for urban mobility, the Fluid is an electric pedal-assist bike with the longest range in its category. Engineered by Erik Buell himself, and co-designed with the talented Belarus-based transportation designer Artem Smirnov, Fluid is every bit a beautiful, sleek, premium e-bike. Ensconced in a matte metallic and black body with subtle acid-green accents really making the bike stand out, Fluid is dominated by straight, robust lines that give it both visual and structural stability brought about by the custom aluminum alloy used to craft the frame. The e-bike has rear-wheel-fitted motor exclusive to Fuell, which provides 100Nm of torque to assist your pedaling, getting you further with lesser effort, while a carbon belt fitted on a Shimano Alfine 8-gear hub and Pirelli tires make Fluid practically one of the most spec’d out pedal-assist bicycles on the market.

The Fluid comes not with one, but two removable batteries that sit on the e-bike’s thick top-tube, giving it a total capacity of 1008Wh… enough to power the bike as well as charge your phone while riding it. The batteries secure into the bike’s frame via lock-and-key, so only you can remove them when you need to charge them. Charging takes roughly 2.5 hours to hit 80%, making the detachable battery easy to carry back home and charge overnight. Fluid also packs an IPS screen for a dashboard that shows you your speed, battery level, and pedal-assistance level. It even packs anti-theft features including an on-screen PIN unlock, an optional foldable manual lock, and an optional GPS tracker (the GPS is just available to EU backers for now). Available in two variants, Fluid 1 and 1S, the bike offers two max speeds of 20mph and 28mph, tailor-made to the regions the bike will ship to. Designed and engineered under the expertise of Erik Buell himself, the Fuell Flow provides perhaps one of the finest e-bike experiences money has to offer. After all, the man has over 40 years of experience and hundreds of motorbikes to his credit…

Designer: Erik Buell

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FUELL Fluid: Longest Range, Pedal Assist E-bike

The FUELL Fluid E-bike designed by legendary motorcyclist engineer Erik Buell comes with an exceptional 125 mile/200 km range which aims to change the way urbanites travel and commute.

The FUELL Fluid with a mid-drive bofeili 500W pedal assisted motor, giving it 100Nm of torque, that offers bicyclists exhilarating acceleration. The FUELL Fluid is built with a custom aluminum alloy frame giving it both durability and a sleek appearance.

Adding to its durability is that the FUELL Fluid was designed with the urban rider in mind. Specced with things like a Gates Carbon Drive belt system, and a Shimano Alfine 8-speed Geared Hub to make it virtually maintenance-free. Two batteries provide the e-bike with 1,008wh capacity and a 125 mile estimated travel range.

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Erik Buell is considered to be a pioneer in motorcycle technology and earned his induction into the American Motorcyclist’s Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He has 40 years of engineering experience, and founded his own motorcycle racing company Buell Motorcycle company which eventually merged with Harley Davidson. His knowledge on two wheelers have transferred over to his new passion project, the tech packed, specced out FUELL Fluid E-Bike.

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The batteries are simple and quick to charge, reaching 80% of its charge within 2.5 hours and a full charge at 5 hours. Both of the Fluids 504wh batteries are removable and if battery technology evolves can be upgradeable.

Seamlessly integrated onto the center of the handle bars is a 3.2 IPS color screen that displays important information like speed, distance traveled, battery level, and 5 configurable motor assist settings. The e-bike comes equipped with an adjustable suspension for ride quality control and hydraulic brakes for impressive stopping power.

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Color Options for FUELL Fluid

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The Bugatti Type 103 concept has a Bugatti front and a Batmobile rear

The soul of a Bugatti definitely resides within this concept by Invisive. Its stylings are a lot like a modern-day Chiron, with the slick horizontal headlights and the signature C-cut on the car’s rear pillar. However, the Type 103 really turns things up a notch with its horse-shoe grill at the front. With a wider base, the grill goes from horse-shoe to practically a parabola shape, almost giving the car a discernible grumpy-face. I imagine if a magnificent car like the Bugatti Type 103 was stuck in traffic, it would have a grumpy-face too. The grille on the front is quite sloped too, resulting in an overhang on the front that’s relatively large, but makes the car look longer, along with a back that absolutely looks Batmobile-ish with surfaces trailing off backwards to make the car look like a motion-blur even when it’s standing still. It also has a centrally located vertical tail-light/aerowing better visible in the top-view that reinforces that Batmobile image, almost looking like the car has a tiny afterburner on its back like a jet.

The objective was to take Bugatti’s C-series and toy with the curves and surfaces, amping the design up while sticking to Bugatti’s design heritage as much as possible. Designed, modeled, and rendered over a week-long project timeline, the Type 103 could stand right beside the rest of Bugatti’s cars and nobody would be able to tell original from fan-made concept. In all ways, it captures the natural progression of the Bugatti series, down to the iconic design details and color choices, to even the surfacing and photo-realistic rendering. I’ll give the exaggerated rear a pass, just because it looks so incredible I want it to be true!

Designer: Invisive

Toyota’s EV will transport people around venues during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Rather directly named the APM (short for Accessible People Mover), Toyota’s specially designed vehicle aims at enhancing the experience for visitors who will flock down to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Olympics. Created to help the organizers ensure that the entire 2020 leg of the Olympics and Paralympics go as smoothly as possible, Toyota’s APMs will help visitors cover last-mile distances between events and venues, and specially designed variants will even serve as ambulances in emergency scenarios.

Designed specifically for the 2020 Olympics, the EVs take on a more utilitarian aesthetic driven purely by function. Shaped much like a mini-van, the APM will be commanded by a driver that sits in the front-center, with two rows at the back for passengers, or a single row and an on-board ramp with space for passengers in wheelchairs or with accessibility issues. The driver gets an unobstructed view, thanks to a panoramic windscreen, while passengers also get a seat with a view as the APM’s design is completely open on both sides, much like a golf-cart. The APM facilitates zero-emission transportation at a relatively low speed of 19km/h, and a closer look even shows the presence of air-less tires, much like the ones unveiled by Michelin. Toyota plans on deploying 200 APMs during Olympic season, specifically to help people shuttle between locations, although there isn’t any word on what the company plans on doing after the event is over… but if Tokyo’s strong recycling efforts with the Olympic torch and medals are any indication, these vehicles most certainly won’t make their way to a scrapyard for sure!

Designer: Toyota

These futuristic automotive design concepts evoke nostalgia with their retro aesthetic

The year 1886 is considered to be the birth of the modern car, as in that year, German inventor Carl Benz built a modern automobile called the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. And look at the designs now! Electric meets retro designs, this is the trend that we are seeing as we create this round-up of the most innovative automotive designs. Each car design is not just a design, but actually is a prediction of the trends we will see in the design industry as well as the path the society as a whole is progressing towards. Featuring an abundance of technology – whether it is autonomous driving, relaxing or heart racing with edgy designs this post includes some stunning looking and performing automobiles we can’t wait to get a ride in!

Bentley Electric EXP 100 GT Concept shows a fully electric luxury gran turismo designed to show what the company’s models might look like in the year 2035

Inspired by the BMW Isetta from the 50s, the Microlino does a rather wonderful job of looking cute, but at the same time also looking road-friendly by  Micro Mobility 

Peugeot e-Legend is a retro-styled concept with a design inspired by the classic 504. It’s a three-box design with an electric powertrain that produces 456 hp (463 PS / 340 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque

The Eadon Green ‘Black Cuillin’ Coupe is a bespoke coach built by the luxury Grand Tourer by CURVE Vehicle Design 

Concept Chariot is a fascinating single-seater with a dual identity by designer Yi Dong

The AKO is an electric inverse leaning trike designed with two wheels on the front and one on the back by Team AKO 

A Modern Twist on a 1,200 HP Austro Daimler Bergmeister PHEV by Projekt Austro Daimler

The minimalism-inspired H500 sedan concept created as a collaboration between Pininfarina & Hybrid Kinetic 

McLaren Concept E-Zero is an all-electric model takes design inspiration from the McLaren M6GT from way back in 1969

The Honda Skyroom concept displays the outside sky to the inside of the cabin through the cylindrical opening that frames the sky above by Dahye Jeong 

Meet Lotus Evija, the world’s lightest, most powerful electric hypercar ever made

The first car to be unveiled by the British automobile-maker since it got acquired by China-based Geely, the Evija is reassurance that all is well at Lotus. Pronounced E-vee-ya, the car comes with a stunning spec sheet, price tag, and a design to match. The car features an all-carbon-fiber single-piece chassis with a spectacularly organic body. Designed for performance, the Evija comes with active ergonomics in the form of an elevating rear spoiler, an F1-style Drag Reduction System (DRS), and even ditches the rear-view mirrors for retracting camera modules that go flush against the body when pulled in.

When push comes to shove, the Evija is every bit deserving of the hypercar tag. It packs 4-wheel electric powertrain with a collective 1972 horsepower. The car boasts of a top speed of 200 mph and an acceleration of 0-60 in less than three seconds. Its electric-powered drive gives it a whopping range of 250 miles on a single charge (an impressive number for a hypercar), and the Evija’s battery can be charged to 80% in all of 18 minutes. That number should be halved to just 9 minutes when 800 kWh charging is made readily available, say the guys at Lotus.

The British-built car does come with other exciting features too, like laser headlights that illuminate the road, butterfly doors (but obvious), and a perpetual cloud-connection to facilitate smooth OTA updates as well as keep track of car and drive information. The insides are equally mesmerizing, with Alcantara fabric on the seats as well as on the impressive F1-style steering wheel. The Evija even features a center console with a drool-worthy obsidian-black touchscreen surface with an eye-catching honeycomb pattern. The Evija is all set for a production run in 2020, and is limited to just 130 units… which makes sense, given that nor everyone can spring for its $1.86 million price tag!

Designer: Lotus

The AKO trike looks halfway between a car & a bike, and feels like riding an airplane

Looks like a buggy with the insides of a motorcycle, the AKO is an electric inverse leaning trike designed to make riding thrilling again. Designed to seat two people, the AKO’s stylings aren’t like most two-person vehicles. With two wheels on the front and one on the back, and with a body that its designers describe as almost UFO-like, AKO’s a head turner. The three-wheeled electric vehicles comes with a stellar 300km range, although there’s no word on what the top speed is here. Weighing just over 500 kilograms, the AKO comes with a peak motor output power of 140 kW, which might sound impressive, but not as much as how you operate the AKO.

With two wheels on the front, you’d expect the AKO to have a steering system like a car or a quad-bike, but no… rather than just simply turn wheels, AKO leans sideways, a design feature that not only mimics how motorsport bikes turn, but also gives you a feeling of being one with the vehicle as it glides on the tarmac, imparting an almost airplane-like experience to the riders. “The body leaning solution is based on pure mechanics (MB Lifejet concept is based on hydraulics) thus making it way cheaper to develop and light. We filed a patent for this and right now the second prototype is getting way more refined parts compared to the prototype zero”, says Artūras Mikalauskas, engineer at the Lithuania-based startup behind the AKO. The car currently exists just as a patent-pending proof-of-concept, and should enter its pre-sale stage shortly.

Designer: Team AKO

Discover unparalleled views with the deepest underwater drone diving at 150m (492ft)

Below the surface lies an incredibly surreal world that is just waiting to be explored. However, for us, regular humans, exploring marine life is no easy feat… and that’s where this drone’s aquatic abilities shine through. Meet Titan, a remotely operated underwater vehicle which can be used to aid in discovering both the known and unknown submarine world.

It holds the ability to dive to a depth of up to 150 meters, whilst simultaneously capturing the marine life via the 4K ultra-high-resolution camera that is mounted on its hull. Titan is certainly an unobtrusive method of exploring more of this spectacular planet we call home!

Designer: Eddie Zhang of Innozen Design for Geninno

About Titan

Underwater drone with powerful 4K 30fps camera and streamlined, game-like control system, Titan can be your eyes under the sea. Able to withstand depths up to 150m (492ft), farther than any other drone to date, you can pilot Titan with an easy to use smartphone/tablet app. Capture stunning underwater images and videos, find plentiful locations to fish, or even carry out accurate technical inspections of underwater equipment.

1080P Real-time Streaming

Their smartphone app gives you total control while piloting through a live video feed of your underwater drone.

3000LM Lights for Diving in the Dark

Powerful LED lights on each side of the camera illuminate the darkest depths of the ocean.

150M Deep

They designed Titan with a diving range of up to 150m, so Titan can dive down and unravel the mysteries of the deep blue sea, while you stay high and dry, and enjoy the adventure.

6 Thrusters for Ultra Powerful Motion

Powered by 6 high performance thrusters and guided by a precise steering algorithm, Titan commands the speed, endurance, and agility needed to withstand demanding deep dives and strong currents.

Easy To Use Controller

Titan’s included remote controller uses a 2.4GHz frequency to connect with viewing devices, like your smartphone or tablet. It transmits live footage at 1080p, allowing you to watch epic moments unfold in real-time.

These superimposed images showcase what the “average car” in each category would look like

In what could be a very insightful exercise for transportation designers, both country-specific and internationally, the guys at NeoMam Studios have superimposed as many as 25 pictures of cars within distinct, separate categories to create an image of “the average car”. This amalgamation of fronts and rears is interesting because it sees no brand, it sees no price, and it sees no cultural or budget constraints. All it is, is a visual mash-up of multiple cars across multiple brands to create something homogeneous. The “average car” series does two interesting things. It A. Shows us what’s common between cars of categories, and B. Shows us how some brands have also tried to be subtly different. There’s a distinct similarity in, for example, the taillight design of a Pickup versus a Sedan, or the grille on a Convertible versus the grille on a Crossover. It’s important for transportation designers to recognize these similarities and differences in car designs, so that it’s much easier to break the mold of design and create something truly new and daringly different. Let’s take a look at how these average cars look, and how designers of the future can break this pattern of predictability.

Designer: Designer: NeoMam Studios for Budget Direct.

The Average Pickup

Pickups are the best-selling vehicles in USA and are the sturdy backbone of Ford and GM’s business. Considering that basically the entire global pickup market is US-focused, it’s no surprise that size is everything when it comes to the average front. The sleek lines of Japanese and European models, like the Isuzu D-Max or Mercedes X-Class are toughened out with the more rugged, boxed appearance of the likes of the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado.

The average rear of a pickup shows quite a few competing elements trying to muscle through. A full rear-light pillar on both sides wins out over more minimalist approaches, like on the F-150. The average pickup will also ride a lot higher than might be expected, sticking to its original working vehicle roots rather than going down the line of many modern versions which often seem more intent on looking like performance cars than carrying a load of stakes.

The Average UTE

Where would we be without the beloved UTE? The rest of the world considers them a bit of an anomaly but here at home they reign supreme, so much so that pretty much every manufacturer selling in Australia offers a UTE version. With UTEs’ fronts ranging from compacts or saloons, like the Jumbuck, to commercials like the VW Caddy, all the way to full on American-style pickups in the mold of the HiLux, the average front is quite a mix of styles. What wins out is the form of lower riding saloon, but with sterner lines and a flattened bonnet giving its appearance a touch of American muscle.

Though UTEs are all about party at the front and business at the back, the average rear is surprisingly heavy-duty, looking exactly like what a saloon/pickup cross should. There are hints of the side bars and tarp and Tonneau cover supports that set UTEs apart from their American cousins but by the looks of things the average UTE would have carrying capacity to match any of them.

The Average Hatchback

Though everyone will have their favorites for different reasons, hatchbacks generally follow a formulaic pattern, which was why it was notable when some strong features shone through despite being averaged out. Its height to width ratio, for example, makes it a lot taller than one would think, which would suggest that manufacturers have been quietly super-sizing hatchback models to meet modern tastes while still striving for them to fit into “small” car categories. This is also borne out in the bonnet size, which is in line with a smaller engine housing, but appears to be relatively tiny compared to the rest of the car’s dimensions.

The average rear is also an eye-opener for hatchback aficionados. Gone is the sporty fastback style of the mid-00s and in is a far more reserved, Yaris-style straight rear. Though that doesn’t mean that the sporty nature of hatchbacks has been completely eroded, the averaging out also delivers a dual exhaust system to keep the horsepower ticking over.

The Average Sedan

The average sedan actually turns out to look anything but average, showing off some slick lines and boasting a meaty radiator grille. The wraparound headlights are definitely on-point and the bonnet shows off a sweeping curve around the sides which follows the current Japanese design trend from, among others, the new Subaru Legacy and Toyota Camry. So, even though the averaging methodology is completely objective, here it’s definitely managed to create something which would fit right in at any of the major shows.

The rear of our average sedan takes a slightly less bold and adventurous route. The boot and rear shoulders would more befit a boxer than a ballet dancer but who’s to say that sturdy and uncompromising isn’t exactly what the average sedan driver is looking for. The rear intakes and dual exhausts add a dash of flair but, overall, it’s a solid, dependable look that wins out.

The Average SUV

Sports utility vehicles or SUVs are a heavy-duty lot which don’t really know whether they want to be off-roaders or city-tractors. Due to this vehicular dysmorphia and the different design directions taken by the various marques, we discovered that the average SUV came out with some fascinating features. The front is stern, with an imposing and slightly protruding nose and the kind of grille that wouldn’t look out of place on a semi-truck.

The average rear has very much the appearance of one of the original archetypes of the class, the Chevy Suburban. This elongated and box-like rear was originally to give extra room for your camping gear, but from the look of the average SUV we’ve created, they have now become the size of a small house.

The Average Convertible

As a favorite of design teams who get to let loose with lines, curves and features, each convertible is unique and so an interesting challenge for the averaging process. Drawing from Corvettes, Porsches, S-Classes and many more, the result is that most of the kinks and curves are ironed out, though the car still holds onto its low-profile character and the extra lower front air intakes to keep the likely souped-up powertrain chilled.

The average rear however really takes on some of the best sporty features from the convertible class. A quad exhaust system should keep air flowing nicely, while the drag-reducing aerodynamic curves wouldn’t hold the car back. The average convertible would obviously also have the hood down, what’s the point in having a convertible otherwise.

The Average Crossover

Crossovers are already a considerable mix of ideas, in that they generally share a design platform with smaller cars but get amped up to be like milder versions of SUVs, so creating an average version suited it perfectly. This can be seen in the front, where the narrowing curves around the headlights lead to a more tapered grille than the more in-your-face battering ram approach of an SUV. The windscreen and upper part are also more petite than pronounced, aiming for substance rather than statement.

The rear of the average crossover is also a lot more understated than the SUV but carries a lot more heft than the average sedan or hatchback, though it has a similarly low profile. It displays nice lines below the brake lights and a sleek rear window design.

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Honda’s autonomous concept gives you a spacious view of the sky while you lounge within it

Due to safety barriers, the existing sparse infrastructure and lack of support for fully autonomous vehicles, we are yet to see these independent concepts reach their full potential. However, this intriguing concept may give us a glimpse into what the future holds for navigating the roads that make up our cities.

The Honda Skyroom plays with the roomy interior space that is created within the car by the removal of its control center. A relaxed, lounge-like treatment of the interior leads to a comfortable and subdued environment for travelers to reside. The outside sky is beautifully introduced to the inside of the cabin through the cylindrical opening that frames the sky above. The exterior of the car has received the same level of futuristic design; its unconventional form paired with the friendly, rounded curves leads to a vehicle design that we would love to see hit the streets!

Designer: Dahye Jeong

Porsche inspired smart bicycle helmet that integrates turn signals

Vanity is one of the main reasons why cyclists ditch the helmet and ride without any head protection. I understand their point of view, but don’t agree with them. You could be a safe cyclist, but there is little that you can do about an inefficient driver. Solving the issue of using a helmet that mars your appearance, the Porsche Vuelta Smart Cycling Helmet looks sleek and sexy. It almost makes you feel like you’re riding a Harley Davidson or a Porsche Bike!

The goodness doesn’t stop here, designer Jihwan Lee has also included smart functions like front and rear lights, hard brake and turn signals, onto the helmet. The Porsche Vuelta pairs up with your phone via Bluetooth and intuitive buttons are on the side to adjust volumes without having to take your phone out.

Designer: Jihwan Lee