Drawing inspiration from the rudimentary building elements of automobiles and technology, Tien Hung brings us the Diode e-bike, a conceptual product blending neo-minimalistic design with the future of electric power trains. The e-bike's model is marked by its almost invisible form, characterized by a singular horizontal pillar stretching from the dashboard to the taillight, and a chunky battery module positioned beneath. But despite its stark, stripped-down appeal, the Diode does not slack off in terms of practical essentials. On board, it's equipped with a potent rear-wheel drivetrain, a comfortable seat, USB charging points near the bike’s charger inlet, and a digital dashboard that accommodates different functions, from serving as a speedometer to even sporting a built-in GPS.
The true beauty of the Diode lies in its abstraction of the traditional motorcycle shape. Instead of emulating the sculpted forms of a horse akin to most motorcycles, the Diode embraces a form-following-function route -- something made possible due to advancements in EV technology. The entire e-bike’s design underlines how tech progress frees up two-wheelers to be more expressive. Thanks to the electric powertrain, components are not dictated by specific arrangements. The battery conveniently nestles between the rider's legs, while the motor is situated against the rear wheel, allowing for more design freedom for the Diode.
Lastly, the Diode presents itself in a sleek white and black paint job, accented by metallic additives. This contributes to its futuristic appeal - a style that has been increasingly adopted by EVs today. Even the headlight and taillight are minimal yet striking in their own right, using LED strips that can be reshaped rather than the traditional parabolic reflector lamp commonly seen on cars and bikes. The area where a fuel tank would typically sit is now a storage space for personal items, a testament to Diode's seamless marriage of function and form.
📷: TIEN HUNG