FTN Motion, a Wellington, New Zealand, startup, has unveiled its first 100 Streetdog e-bikes featuring hemp fibre in the body work.
The inspiration comes from the hemp-based surfboards of Verdure Surf in Lay. Jack Candlish, the owner of Verdure Surf, shared his fabrication process and introduced FTN Motion to his suppliers.
Hemp is known for its high durability and light weight – along with a low impact on the environment. The company applies this material in layers, producing both an appealing appearance and strength.
Luke Sinclair, co-founder of FTN, hopes the natural fibre technology will drive forward advances in sustainability for the wider EV industry.
“As a manufacturer with our own carbon footprint, we are working to accelerate away from relying on fossil fuels to making products that are long-lasting, durable, easily repairable, and made from sustainable materials resulting in a lower-emission supply chain,” said Sinclair.
“Not only does our hemp body look incredible, but it is also paving the way for the future.”
Streetdog e-motorcycles have an 80 km range, a changeable battery, and a 30 litres storage capacity. The product has been put to the test on Wellington’s notorious hills and often windy climate.