This modular ebike flaunts swappable battery packs & optional hub motor wheels to go from work to outdoors!

Ebike designs may leave us wanting more simply because of their well-thought-of design and practical functionality. The Pelikan is one of the exceptions with its pure design ingenuity and modular function – letting it change the character depending on the rider’s needs. Designed by industrial designer Fabian Breës, this ebike takes pride in its components like the battery and the hub motor. Rather than hiding their electric-assisted character behind the body frame design, Fabian believes in exposing them. That is the core sentiment of the project, as he wanted to use the “battery and the motor as visual centerpieces for the bike.” This approach brings a very muscular, dynamic flow to the two-wheeler. The result? A sculpted body somewhere between a motorcycle and a bicycle. In fact, you can call it the iPod of ebikes – just like Fabian believes too.

Named Pelikan, the design name takes inspiration from the expanding characteristics of the bird’s beak – apparent in the expanding modular bodywork of this ebike. It took Fabian almost four iterations of the basic design blueprint before settling for this mindful concept design. The bike’s frame bears a very triangular aesthetic with a front-loaded battery pack situated along the downtube. Power to the wheels is delivered via a dual-drive wheel system. The ingenuity comes in the form of a swappable standard rear wheel with Pedelec Motor having a top speed of 25km/h. You can choose the powerful version having a heavier Speedelec Motor with a top speed of 60km/h powered by its own integrated internal battery pack.

Understandably, the Pelikan ebike lets users choose from two battery options for urban commuting or long-distance travel. A smaller elegant battery pack of city commutes or the larger rugged battery for speed enthusiasts on freeways. Fabian even plans to design an off-roading capable version of the Pelikan with a swappable rear triangle for mounting a mountain bike suspension and aggressive wheels. The ebike comes in three color options Jet Black, Serious Cyan, and Beautiful Beige to appeal to urban riders. Genuinely, this is one of the best concept ebike designs I’ve seen lately, as its practical modular functions open up many opportunities to take your life’s adventures to the open roads!

Designer: Fabian Breës

This ebike for future metropolis is designed with a frame inspired by the human bone structure!

Industrial designer Gary Liao from Taipei, Taiwan sees bikes not just as a means to get from one place to the other, but as a true work of art. He is also intrigued by the intricacies of the human anatomy – the skeletal structure in particular which justifies this automotive concept. Called the Skeleton, it is a cool-looking, medium-sized electric bike for urban commuting needs. The idea is to have an upright driving position like a Dutch styled-bike for short commutes in the city. Obviously, the size of the electrically assisted bike and how easy it is to maneuver in tight spaces also matters – hence, the Skeleton bike is designed to mimic the human bone structure. The hollow bone pillar is lightweight yet equals the strength of a solid pillar made from concrete and steel. Hence, this electric-assisted bike also adopts that quality.

Depending on the needs of the user, the bike can switch between different speed-assist modes via the mid-mounted motor that delivers power to the back wheel. The battery fits inside the rear of the bike frame like a diskette and can be removed for charging during the nighttime. The bike has a lighter belt drive system instead of a chain drive system to eliminate any unnecessary hassles. For optimum acceleration, easy turning, and stop-and-go power, uses a carbon fiber 20-inch wheel. Skeleton connects wirelessly to your mobile devices to get all the necessary information about the battery condition and displays other vital telemetry.

The design of the frame is such that you can put a file, briefcase, or any flat solid object without disrupting the center of gravity or your pedaling motion. There’s a slot to put bottles or coffee cups too which indicates the bike’s target audience – the corporate crowd who are always on the move with their cup of Joe. This concept bike is not just any other run-off-the-mill blueprint for the future of mobility, it delves deep into the very connection with the man-machine ideology. Of course, it has the cool looks to impress too. Bike manufacturers need to look at this design closer because it could see the light of day in the coming years!

Designer: Gary Liao

 

 

Top 15 flat-packed designs that reimagine how to ship & store everything from automotive to architecture!

As the world grows smaller, physically and metaphorically, we need product designs that save space, are easy to store and portable, especially as our lives have become more flexible with remote work taking over. This is why flat-packed designs intrigue me because they check all of these boxes! But when you think “flat-pack”, the only thing that comes to mind is packaging and that is why I wanted to curate a list that showed that pretty much anything can be flat-packed – scooters, tiny homes, electric vehicles, pet shelters, photobooths, furniture, and more. The following list has 15 designs spanning over multiple verticles that showcase just how versatile this design principle can be. These designs not only rank high on space efficiency but also eliminate the usage of heavier space-consuming designs. They are functional, ergonomic, minimal, modular and just outright brilliant!

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It’s worth noticing how the OO Stool does such a great job of combining sustainability along with technology and a pinch of heritage. Made from a single board of bamboo plywood, the stool is CNC machine-cut in a way that integrates every single aspect of the stool into its design. Everything you need to build the OO Stool sits within that flat-packed jigsaw puzzle of bamboo pieces, minimizing waste by using as much negative space as possible. The legs form the outside, while the dual-layered seat of the stool sits on the inside, with the negative space being filled by tiny rectangular pieces that help lock the stool in place, and even a bamboo hammer to help assemble the stool! The OO Stool uses absolutely no glue, screws, or nails… just really smart designing and Japanese joinery techniques.

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How cool would it be if we could roll up our furniture just like we roll up our clothes to save space right? Well, designer Richard Price kind of make it happen by creating Plus+ – a flat-packed furniture system that maximizes living space and minimizes storage space! Plus+ fits your needs and comes with multiple configurations. The flexible furniture system increases its likelihood to adapt by using a snap-together frame with a joint system across the whole range. The modular design can be easily be assembled and upgraded with new features or additional accessories which enables it to grow with your needs or new spaces.

Products can be functionally beneficial and aesthetically beautiful without having to be complicated. Fold Lamp proves just this. Destined for a life within a domestic dining room, the magnesium lamp is elegantly suspended from the ceiling, introducing a gentle glow to the room. However, elegant aesthetics aside, it’s the consideration to the manufacture of the product that makes this project so intriguing. Constructed out of a single piece of magnesium that has been efficiently metal-stamped, Fold Lamp doesn’t require any additional hardware! So, what benefit does this have? Well visually distinctive form aside, in the unfolded orientation, it can significantly reduce shipping expenses from international manufacturers!

Created using merino felt wool and birch wood, the Wool Lodge is a safe haven of sorts for your pet. You can arrange and form the flat-packed structure by yourself easily. The lodge features merino felt roof, with the rest of the structure being made from wood. Defleur’s lodge basically has two functions. Spacious enough to fit your cat’s litter box, the lodge shelters the box within its structure. Your cat can sneak away, and pee or poop in privacy, away from any prying eyes. On the other hand, you can install a soft cushion or mattress instead of a litter box in the lodge. This creates a personal space for your pet, it could be a cat or a doggo on the smaller side! Whenever your pet wants to simply relax and getaway, they can hop into the shelter, safe from any external noises or extreme temperatures.

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This flatpack design unfolds into a layered lamp! Spinel is a hanging light designed to be easily transformed. The main goal was to create a product that didn’t take up too much space and was also sustainable. “Our responsibility as designers is to produce objects that occupy the smallest possible volume. The purpose is to use the least amount of raw material, producing long-lifespan objects that can be easily recycled,” says Guille Cameron. The origami-like form is minimal, elegant, and certainly unique. Unfolding the lamp adds a dynamic layer to the product and the wooden design itself is a warm addition to any space.

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With the Foldio3, tongue-tantalizing photographs are just literally a portfolio case and 10 seconds away. While most traditional photo set-ups comprise a room full of equipment and hours of setting up, the Foldio3’s innovative design puts all of that into a small flat-packed case that can fit right under your arm. Open it out and assemble it using the magnetic locks and you have yourself a studio-grade lightbox for your product photography. On the top of the box are 3 LED strips too, negating the need for those massive bulky studio lights. The Foldio3 comes with two backdrops too, black and white, depending on the kind of shot you need. You can even use your own green backdrop for those green-screen applications.

The Folpen is tinier and more compact than your usual pen, however, what sets it apart are its components. The pen comprises of an ink refill and a plastic sheath. Surrounded by a ribbed plastic sheath, resembling the covers used to protect our iPads and tablets, the refill is enveloped by the sheath, forming the pen’s body. With the sheath folded around the refill, it snuggles comfortably within and only its much-needed nib peeks out. On folding it, the cover forms a triangular flat-packed structure around the refill, creating a pen with an ergonomic form that is easy to hold and operate, as well as to carry around. The end of the cover has been equipped with a magnet, so you simply wrap the folded pen onto a book, and it attaches itself to the book instantly.

This minimal and elegant piece by Annabella Hevesi called the O TRL lets many of us living in tiny spaces enjoy the luxury of having a movable cart. This tray table is a versatile piece of furniture – use it to store your stationery, kitchen knick-knacks, or as a makeshift desk in work from home emergency scene – the pure and minimal aesthetics of this design make it a perfect match everywhere. The trolley has a slim and sleek silhouette and is constructed using a black MDF board, powder-coated steel, and rubber. Do not be fooled by its humble looks; this tray can bear its fair share of weight and move around smoothly, given its large weight-bearing wheels. Sleek, versatile, and fun, this tray table defines the blueprint of what functional furniture design must be like, a 2020 version of Bauhaus, if you will.

Jupe is a portable off-grid shelter that flatpacks so you can pick any spot on the planet and pitch your tent. The futuristic silhouette is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey which explains the aluminum pole frame and glowing Firesist fabric exterior which also make it suitable to withstand different climate conditions. Designed by a team of multidisciplinary experts from across the housing, architecture, and engineering industries, including former SpaceX, Tesla, and AirBnB, Jupe is the best in the game. It can be assembled in hours and gives you a 111-square foot space featuring tall ceilings, finished Baltic birch wood floors, a queen bed, and a storage area – think something right in the middle of a tiny home and glamping pod. Mobility is at the core of the design and hence chassis foundation has been created in a way that involves no decking or foundation to be built which makes the shelter adaptable to any terrain, level or not, and leaves the land minimally disturbed.

Höga is a vehicle that adapts IKEA’s winning philosophy of production, packaging, and practical use to give the users a comfortable ride that’s highly functional. This is intertwined with Renault’s advanced mobility platform to create an urban commuter with sustainability in mind. The vehicle’s body is recycled into other products after its lifecycle keeps the waste to a minimum. Design inspiration for the practical commuter comes from the classic Bauhaus principle of clean and purposeful design. The car ships right out of reusable crates to cut on transportation costs, and once it reaches the destination, the containers are reused to ship back broken furniture. Just like IKEA, Höga can be assembled by one person in few hours thanks to its simple LEGO-like attachable frame elements in a perfectly symmetrical design. There are 374 total parts and 114 individual parts, but don’t worry the instructions are easier than those of IKEA!

Switch is designed to make commuting in the city easier and solve the troubles one faces like the frequency of public transport, crowded parking, and poor infrastructure. Currently, you have electric rideshare scooters that are popular in urban settings like Bird, Lime, and Yugo but they come with an added responsibility of parking and crowding the sidewalks. It’s different from its competitors because it is truly portable. The flat-pack mechanism allows you to just fold it up and carry it along even if you’re walking or using a public transport service, you won’t have to worry about loading it and unloading it. It has a sleek build that blends in with your lifestyle and is as easy as carrying a backpack. The scooter comes with a fingerprint-enabled unlock button which is located below the handlebar. One of the coolest features is how the accelerator and brake pedals have been incorporated into the handlebar – it simplifies the user experience and interface!

The Lu chair folds without effort and can be carried around easily. A lot of designs we see are foldable but even after folding not easy to carry around or takes too much time to fold. Made up of plastic, this makes the mechanism work perfectly. As Lu explains, “Many times we find ourselves having to put away objects, perhaps to make room, perhaps to clean the house and sometimes even to take them with us, but above all for furniture of a certain level it is always very difficult. This is where “Lu chair” was born, a dining chair suitable for different types of target, from the most elegant and sophisticated with an eye to detail but also to a younger, fashion-conscious audience. The design is innovative and elegant at the same time and the name “Lu” derives precisely from “luggage” because of its ease of being resealable and transportable wherever you want.”

World’s first paper disposable razor unveiled in Japan! This gives a completely new meaning to the word ‘papercut’! Paper Razor is a sustainable alternative to disposable plastic razors. It is crafted from water-resistant paper like the ones used in milk cartons and it can also withstand temperatures up to 104°F (40°C) in case you like to shave with warm water. The razor weighs 4 gms and only 5 mm thick thanks to its all-paper body with a metal blade-head on top. Designed to be flat-packed, the single-use razor comes completely unfolded and can easily be put together in seconds by folding in the sides and the top to create a rigid, ergonomic razor with a grippy handle. Its origami-inspired design gives it as much strength and maneuverability as a plastic razor while minimizing the use of plastic by as much as 98%. The result? A razor that can be easily flat-packed and shipped, used and then disposed of…safely, of course.

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Chair 1:1 was born after a rigorous 5 year long design process that gave us a mountable/demountable chair whose every piece was molded in one go. This optimized the mold size, speeded up production, and reduced waste drastically when compared to a traditional chair. “It is sold just as it comes out of the mold, bypassing several steps; it will be the buyer who will complete the process: this is what we call hyper-seriality,” says the designer duo. “When looking at the Chair 1:1, it is inevitable to have a blast from the past, remembering the boxed toy kits. There are no screws nor bolts: assembly is effortless + quick. Mounting an object makes a bond with it and makes you feel its full value; it builds an affection that stops you from getting rid of it.” The fastening elements of the individual parts are made to be easily producible and extremely resistant. It has been designed to be easily stored, shipped, and transported – 26 boxed up chairs take up only 1 square meter which is the key to increasing online sales as well as shipping sustainably!





This cardboard chair is 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and easy to assemble! The MC 205 Cardboard Chair can be flat-packed and requires no tools to put together – something better than puzzles for game night? There were 13 prototypes before the MC 205 was finalized and now the company has released MC 207 which has been tweaked to be more comfortable. The team has also built upon the chair by adding more furniture like couches, tables, and counters made with the same principle. Imagine this but in the shape of the Iron Throne!

This electric Jeep Hexagon is built for extreme polar expeditions

MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) expedition on-board the modern research icebreaker went on for a year from September 2019 to October 2020 – operating in the North pole. The motive was to deploy sensors and monitoring stations in an area spanning 30 miles – with the idea of getting a deeper insight into the Arctic climate system. Just picture a scenario where the researchers have to reach one of the remote servers for repair, and the inclement climatic conditions don’t allow air commute via a helicopter. In such a situation, a reliable, electric four-wheeler will be the way to go.

The Hexagon Jeep by Gwi Design is created for such future expeditions, where the highly hostile conditions demand a stellar off-roader. The electric Jeep adopts a hexagon design geometry since it is proven to be one of the most robust known shapes. The vehicle’s namesake, a jeep, is justified by the colossal ground clearance for the hostile terrain of the region. The approach and departure angles of the Hexagon Jeep make complete sense too. To make the ride as smooth as possible for the researchers, it has independent shock absorbers. The vehicle comes with removable battery packs on the back, which can be swapped for charged ones in an instant.

The most intriguing feature of the Hexagon Jeep expedition vehicle is the removable headlights that double as torchlight when needed. I can’t resist but mention; the car looks like a cross between the Warthog light utility vehicle showcased in Halo and the GMC Hummer EV. Although Gwi has designed the concept for MOSAiC expeditions, it will make for a very cool off-road vehicle on the trails for adventure enthusiasts!

Designer: Gwi Design

A HEIMPLANET geodesic tent comes integrated in this 4WD electric truck to keep you adventure ready!





Electric pick-up trucks are going to be the next big rage as Cybertruck paves the way for others like the Rivian R1Tor Lordstown Endurance to bring the taste of this new revolution to the eager consumers. The upcoming trend has also aroused California-based Alpha Motor Corporation. Still, they are already looking ahead of time with an electric pick-up truck with an outlandish Overlanding version in the pipeline. Meet the Wolf + Cloudbreak – created in collaboration with HEIMPLANET – as the exciting future of electric mobility for outdoor adventure seekers!

HEIMPLANET is a German camping and adventure gear specialist company that has worked with Alpha Motor Corporation to build a unique version of the Cloudbreak geodesic tent. The expansive tent becomes a part of the vehicle, extending the usable footprint of the electric truck to give the adventurous riders almost double the space to set camp safely. The structure is highly weather-proof and stable, with dual access points to the vehicle – resulting in a safe and functional camping setup. To be precise, it is made out of high tenacity polyester that is resistant to tear. According to HEIMPLANET Co-Founder Stefan Clauss, “We have been searching for the perfect structure that guarantees stability and offers comfortable access. Many structures offer either one or another, but with this geodesic structure, we found the perfect balance.”

Teams in both camps are working dedicatedly to bring the unique outdoor adventure experience to the masses. Alpha Motor’s production offer is grounded in coexistence with nature, with upcycling at the core of the think tank. The MUV here is the perfect example of their belief in the German word “Heimat,” which means a place you can call home – a place that makes you feel safe no matter what. “We are passionate to find sustainable solutions that people can truly appreciate,” said the team as they tease the Wolf + Cloudbreak concept in a special edition Carmel White color inspired by the sandstones of Carmel Beach, California.

Wolf + Cloudbreak is still in the development phase, and it remains to be seen how it fares when the final model is ready. For now, the makers promise a driving range of around 260 miles on a single charge on the dual-motor 4WD. Since it has an electric drivetrain, there is more space under the hood to store adventure gear or other essentials. It can be a haven for four passengers with the expansive tent stuffed in the bed or maybe hauled behind like a trailer. It is safe to assume that the vehicle will have optional solar panel attachments and an extendable tray-like space to store the geodesic tent from the images. The idea seems utterly fascinating, and one which I’m keen on exploring ASAP!

Designer: Alpha Motor Corporation

New images show the majestic Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck dominating on even the toughest terrain

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Purpose-built for handling tough tasks with ease, the Honda Ridgeline EV Concept was designed to project power. Its tough, sinewy construction puts other pickup trucks to shame, and makes a case for ‘maximalism’ in automotive design. Sure, minimally designed trucks (yeah, I’m looking at you, Tesla) look alright, but using minimalism to be different feels like a cop-out. The Ridgeline is a great example of how a truck can look different without compromising on an aggressive, muscular, dominating design language.

We featured the Honda Ridgeline EV Concept a week ago (you can click here to read the original piece which got over 90,000 pageviews) and today we look at the concept in its natural habitat – anywhere except the road!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The Ridgeline EV concept comes from the mind of California-based Rene Garcia, a concept designer at ILM who’s previously worked on The Mandalorian, Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers, and the Transformers anthology. Garcia began designing the vehicle as a Dakar rally truck, but gradual iterations slowly turned it into a conceptual pickup truck for Honda. Designed to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it, the EV comes with its own winch-hook on the front, a frunk behind it, suicide-style rear doors that give you access to the car’s spacious interiors, and an expandable truck-bed on the back that even comes equipped with tools and emergency medical kits.

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Against rocky terrain, it’s easy to draw parallels between the Ridgeline EV and the Warthog anti-infantry vehicle from the popular game Halo. They come from the same place of wanting to project power and assertion, and were made to operate seamlessly on any surface. The Ridgeline’s ground-clearance and large treads do wonders on rough land, and something about seeing a car leaving a massive dust cloud just gets the adrenaline rushing!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The Ridgeline is bulky to look at, but negative spaces in its design help cut its volume manifold, still making it look like a chiseled, mean machine. Two cutouts in the hood let you look at the top of the car’s shock absorbers, while the doors come with two sets of windows – one on the top as well as fixed windows near the legs, to help sunlight pore in. There’s a skylight built in too, and if at any point of time you need more open space, the back of the car opens up and allows the rear seats to flip 180° and face backward!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The car comes designed for the great outdoors. Its top allows you to add an aerodynamic roof box for extra storage (if the truck-bed isn’t enough), and the car’s front and back come dotted with lights to keep the road ahead visible, as well as allow you to be seen from a distance.

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The Honda Ridgeline EV concept’s interiors literally put you in the lap of luxury too, no matter how deserted and inhabitable the immediate outdoors are. The pickup truck comes with immaculate leather surfacing on the seats as well as leather and wood trims on the doors and the dashboard. The dash also comes equipped with a pretty wide single-screen that covers your entire field of view from left to right. Side cameras feed video footage right into this dashboard and a rear-view camera sends its feed to a rear-view display up top. Don’t worry if you’re not in the driver’s seat or if you’re sitting shotgun. The rear seats have their own entertainment systems too, with interactive displays integrated into the backside of the front seats. The skylight in the center is accompanied by ceiling lights on either side, so you’ve got nothing to worry about when you’re driving in pitch darkness. Moreover, the seats recline fully and the back opens up into a really comfy bed if you want to set up camp anywhere. However, if you’ve got yourself a quad-bike, you could easily mount it on the back too!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Also Read: Honda’s INSANE electric pickup truck concept will have the Tesla Cybertruck begging for mercy

This is an independently-made conceptual design and the Honda logo is used for representational purposes only.

Honda’s INSANE electric pickup truck concept will have the Tesla Cybertruck begging for mercy

In a back-alley street fight, the Cybertruck looks like the edgy teenager who just lifts weights and has never done a leg-day… the Honda Ridgeline EV, on the other hand, looks like a 40-something veteran who’s returned from being stationed in the middle east for decades. Pitch the two together and it’s pretty evident who’d win in a bare-knuckle scuffle.

Something about the Ridgeline EV concept makes you want to take it seriously. It wasn’t built for fun, those windows aren’t for lobbing steel balls at… it’s inherently sinewy, bold, and is purpose-built for power-tasks.

The Ridgeline EV concept comes from the mind of California-based Rene Garcia, a concept designer at ILM who’s previously worked on The Mandalorian, Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers, and the Transformers anthology. Garcia began designing the vehicle as a Dakar rally truck, but gradual iterations slowly turned it into a conceptual pickup truck for Honda. Designed to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it, the EV comes with its own winch-hook on the front, a frunk behind it, suicide-style rear doors that give you access to the car’s spacious interiors, and an expandable truck-bed on the back that even comes equipped with tools and emergency medical kits.

A standout feature of the car’s design is in its use of hollow spaces. The Ridgeline is bulky to look at, but negative spaces in its design help cut its volume manifold, still making it look like a chiseled, mean machine. Two cutouts in the hood let you look at the top of the car’s shock absorbers, while the doors come with two sets of windows – one on the top as well as fixed windows near the legs, to help sunlight pore in. There’s a skylight built in too, and if at any point of time you need more open space, the back of the car opens up and allows the rear seats to flip 180° and face backward!

Designer: Rene Garcia

Lyft redesign’s its e-bicycle, adding speakers, screen and improved safety features!

Back in 2018, Lyft bought CitiBike’s parent company “Motivate”, and they’ve been operating bike-sharing networks in the US ever since. Their big fleet includes traditional as well as electric pedal-assisted rides. Being the largest ebike operator in North America, Lyft used their tons of experience about how riders use the ebikes to come up with one of their own. For the past three years, Lyft has been developing an ebike that embodies the best in safety technology and low carbon footprint. Now, finally, it sees fruition in the form of this upbeat ebike.

According to Lyft‘s President and Co-Founder John Zimmer Lyft is all about “creating affordable, reliable and joyful transportation experiences – and few things create joy like riding this new ebike“. The single gear transmission ebike is built for every kind of rider with improved ergonomics and is pure joy to ride in cities – thanks to the transmission tuning for any kind of speed or road grade. It bears a very sleek form factor perfectly matched to the smooth and adaptive motor integrated into the frame. Keeping in mind the young riders, Lyft’s ebike comes with personalized features including a built-in speaker system, hydraulic brakes for consistent stopping power, on-board sensors for safety, retroreflective paint to shine in the dark and lighting effects keeping in mind urban riders demand.

The ebike now has an improved seat clamp for height adjustment to accommodate any user. The battery capacity has been bumped up to 60 miles on a single charge – thereby requiring less frequent charging. Lyft has tested the ride for thousands of hours and is going to start the public beta on the Bay Wheels fleet launching next week. Once the beta testing is successful, the ebike will be ready for the eager riders in the US – starting with the Divvy program in Chicago, later this year.

Designer: Lyft

This retro-styled electric cruiser motorbike ranges 300 miles while sporting interesting wheels!





If you thought Zero SR/F or any of the custom designs of the electric bike were hard to rival, then Zaiser Motors has got you hard-pressed. The Colorado-based startup is working on an electric motorcycle that can churn 300 miles on a single full charge. They call it Electrocycle – a 2WD cruiser bike with a traditional retro charm. The spiky-ish fins on the rear evoke a sense of gangsta influence, along with the large rear fender. 

The rear gives this electric cruiser a fat appeal. Only one question though, why the thin rear wheel? It looks absolutely out of place in terms of aesthetics, even though it might help with efficiency. That irk is ever so evident since all of the other bodywork carries a lot of mass.

That said, the bike has a long wheelbase and a comfortable bench seat. On the inside, the ride is powered by two hub motors – translating power to both wheels. The result can go from 0-60 mph in around 3.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 120 mph. Dual hub motors have a downside as well, they tend to overload the suspension system due to the unsprung weight. Zaiser aims to achieve the 300-mile range with a 17.5 kWh battery, which will be tough even if they shed weight. Yes, it is achievable in city driving, where regenerative braking is also going to assist. But on a long highway at high speeds and wind resistance in the play, you can achieve 200 miles at best with that battery capacity. For reference, the Zero SR/F has a realistic figure of 161 miles with its 14.4 kWh battery.

Zaiser says the bike will have removable batteries so that you can charge them easily if you live in a high-rise apartment. Bear in mind, though, batteries are quite heavy, and you need to be in top shape. So, best of luck with carrying the load now and then. The bike’s dashboard looks relatively modern, with all the telemetry and the navigation system right on point. For safety, the Electrocycle gets advanced LiDAR sensors and haptic feedback in the handlebars. According to Zaiser, the bike will have” other accident avoidance technologies, never before been present on one singular vehicle in this way.”

The Electrocycle electric cruiser bike will debut in 2023, once the initial testing and production design are finalized. The estimated price of the cruiser is going to be somewhere between $20,000 – $25,000. The question is, would bike enthusiasts be able to ignore that slim rear wheel? I hope the production model has more giant wheels, and Zaiser reduces weight and increases the battery capacity to offset the effect!

Designer: Zaiser Motors

Hyundai’s latest EV looks like retro dynamite! (And it has a real nixie-tube dashboard)

In popular mythology it’s usually the phoenix that’s reborn from the ashes of its past self… but it looks like Hyundai is carrying that metaphor over to the Pony. By reimagining its first-ever mass-produced car as a new, electric-powered hatchback, the Hyundai Pony Heritage Series electric concept feels a lot like a rebirth of sorts, with a more contemporary yet equally retro-punkish design that’s difficult to ignore!

The Pony was Hyundai’s first-ever production vehicle, making a grand debut in 1975 and being available all the way till 1990. Paying a fitting tribute to the very car that put Hyundai on the map, the Pony Heritage Series EV is a modern reinterpretation of the classic affordable hatchback, with an electric beating heart. There’s something undeniably retro about the Pony Heritage Series EV, and it wears that distinction proudly on its sleeve. The car’s design, proportions, and even details are wonderfully vintage, albeit with a few modern upgrades on the outside as well as the inside. On the outside, the EV’s headlights and taillights feature a pixel LED pattern that can also be seen on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the 45 EV. The rims sport a machined finish that has a retrofuturistic vibe, while the car’s side-view mirrors, located all the way on the front fenders, sport cameras instead.

The insides feel like a modern time machine, with concealed LED lighting on both the doors, leather-wrapped bucket seats, and a brushed-metal dashboard. Within the dashboard sits an all-new steering wheel, featuring a three-spoke design with PONY script in the center and a physical voice control button on the left. However, its spotlight is stolen by the incredibly impressive nixie-tube setup in front of it. Designed mainly for the appeal (since this is just a one-off concept), the dashboard acts as a numeric speedometer, lighting up with the different numbers to show what speed your car is traveling at.

The one-off retrofuturistic Pony Heritage Series electric concept was unveiled as a part of Hyundai’s ‘Reflections in Motion’ exhibition, being held from April 8th till June 27th, 2021. The Heritage Series Pony is on display at Hyundai’s Motorstudio in Busan, South Korea.

Designer: Hyundai