Meet the Hemp Bike (Streetdog) that Barks a Green Eco-Tune!
What You Need to Know:
The Streetdog Moped, developed by the innovative minds of Luke Sinclair and Kendall Bristow from Wellington, New Zealand, is a groundbreaking creation in the realm of urban mobility. The Streetdog is a a low-speed electric motorcycle designed to transform daily commutes.
Sinclair and Bristow, together with marketing strategist Saskia Thornton, formed FTN to focus on the gap in the market between “full-on” motorcycles and electric bicycles.
Zoom In on Sustainable Hemp Design:
Beyond electrification, the Streetdog Moped distinguishes itself with a commitment to sustainability.
The use of hemp and epoxy resin blend for the bike’s fairings not only contributes to a 50% reduction in manufacturing emissions compared to traditional fiberglass but also enhances the overall riding experience. The decision to utilize hemp was inspired by its ecological benefits, as well as its ease of handling compared to fiberglass.
Go Deeper on Technical Specifications:
The flagship model, the Streetdog Moped, is equipped with a 3KW electric motor, enabling it to reach speeds of up to 50 km/h. The focus on low-speed, light-weight categories caters to short trips around town, making it an ideal solution for urban commuting.
The removable battery, situated beneath the seat, can be easily charged like a laptop, providing practicality and convenience.
Challenges and Innovations:
The integration of hemp-based fairings presented its own set of challenges. The storage compartment, a single-piece composite unit with structural significance, required a highly bespoke aluminum, heat-controlled mold system. The internal pressurized bladder, designed in-house, showcases the commitment to overcoming obstacles in pursuit of sustainability.
Unfortunately, the Streetdog Moped is heading to Australia, not the US. Next order of business is with compliance testing in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.
The Streetdog Moped stands as a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of combining practical engineering skills with a commitment to sustainability. With a result of a unique mode of urban transportation that paves the way for a greener and more eco-conscious future in the realm of electric motorcycles.
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