Volkswagen 'E-Bike'

Announced at the recent Auto China 2010 show, and as seen this week on tech blogs like Gizmodo, car maker Volkswagen has debuted a bike. But this is no ordinary two-wheeler. The battery-powered bike is made to fit in the trunk of a car near where a spare tire would go. It can roll for about 12 miles on a single charge. The kicker? Look close, this bike has no pedals.

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Volkswagen’s prototype “Bik.e”

According to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, VW’s research and development chief, the company’s “focus on mobility” extends beyond cars. This prototype bike, which is not yet available to buy, has a range of 12.5 miles and a top speed of 12.5 mph. It folds into a disc shape to fit in a car’s spare tire compartment.

Its name is “The Bik.e,” and, yes, that extra period after the “k” is on purpose. Says a Gizmodo blogger on the naming: It was “presumably named by a VW marketing intern who made the best typo of his life.”

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by Porta Potti - 05/04/2010 02:57 AM

No pedals?

Good for those who enjoy the great outdoors but who don’t want to put in quite so much effort!

Posted by the patron saint of media accuracy - 05/05/2010 10:42 AM

That’s a SCOOTER. Not a bike. Come on now!

Posted by Marianna - 05/05/2010 03:30 PM

What happens when the battery goes dead and you can’t pedal it anywhere. These guys don’t ride and need to go back to the drawing board!

Posted by mba - 05/08/2010 02:51 AM

mariannas right no pedals at all? if i were to buy this, i would like the option of pedals, or how about pedals that when used can recharge the battery, that would be cool.

Posted by Willie Wilmette - 05/23/2010 03:46 PM

“It has a range of 12.5 miles and a top speed of 12.5 mph.” The problem with electrics has been that driving at top speed reduces your range, often less than half the maximum. So maybe, I could go 2 or 3 miles at top speed before I had to turn back. I would rather bike.

Posted by Andrew Hamilton - 06/08/2010 05:23 AM

A Brompton with a freedom ebikes kit does the same thing (folds into similar volume) but has pedals too.

Posted by Dean McMurray - 09/16/2011 07:02 PM

I think this new electric bike intrigues me.
What is the availability, and what will it sell for? I live in Naples, Fl.34110

Posted by Sandra Sue Gardner - 01/01/2012 11:37 PM

Have put this on my wish list. Such cool lines. Have a VWCC. Would look good in the trunk.

Posted by Randall Steffan - 01/06/2012 09:40 AM

When is the bike available for resale……

Posted by Dan the Man - 01/14/2012 06:32 AM

As a trucker, I’d love to have one of these. Big trucks are not allowed to park just anywhere. With this I could park in the Wal-Mart lot and ride the mile or so back to the TGI Friday’s for a meal.

Posted by rvrraju - 03/12/2013 06:10 AM

awesome,it’s really superb,iam eagerly waiting for this thing in market.

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