What a concept: an electric bicycle with an air filter that’s powered by your pedaling.
This is an eco-friendly two-fer, since the bike is already zero emission, and then doubles its eco-friendliness by further cleaning up the air around you, even though you aren’t pedaling as hard or as often thanks to the battery power. Still, it’s an intriguing idea.
The air purifing bike is from the industrial design firm Lightfog Studio, which makes the engineering sound simple.
The bike has an air purifying function which consists of air filter and oxygen generator. While riding, the filter at the front of the bicycle pulls the air inside through the CO2 and dust filter, and then pushes the cleaned air out.
The body frame of the bike can produce oxygen via a photosynthesis system to make the air cleaner. When parking the bike, the purifying function can be maintained to work by the battery inside.
Lightfog Studio has not yet built a working prototype, but the conecpt is generating (pardon the pun) interest, and has already won a Red Dot award in the “Green” category.
There’s also no word on what such an air purifying bike would cost, but it sounds like it would be a good addition for the growing number of city bike sharing programs around the world, including in New York City and in Paris. But urban air quality is important anywhere and everywhere, including in Bangkok, where Lightfog Studio is based.