Tied into this system is a boost mode activated through the thumb switch that gives one “an extra surge of power” when, for example, you are heading up an extra steep hill. Specifications of this system as a whole include a recharge time on the lithium batteries of 45 minutes, a 250w electric motor, a 110Wh battery and 10 to 15 miles of full pedal-assist riding.
Besides the pedal assist system other interesting features include an e-ink display on the handlebar controller that displays battery charge, high powered LED headlights and taillights controlled by an ambient light sensor, a removable large front rack that can hold up to 30 pounds of stuff, framing available in different sizes, an 8-speed internally geared hub, mechanical disc brakes, 39 pounds of weight without the rack and a leather saddle.
There’s also one other planned feature – well two, actually, that work in conjunction with one another – should Faraday net $300,000+ on Kickstarter. Bluetooth in the bike and a custom app for iPhones will allow “Faraday owners to wirelessly control features of the bike such as the pedal assist level and the blinking pattern of the lights,” among other functions.
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