Kristine Lofgren

Ikea Announces Plans to Launch an Electric Bicycle!

by , 05/27/14

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Ikea has tried to change the way you eat, the way you shop and the way you light your home, and now the Swedish retailer is trying to change the way you travel. Ikea is launching an electric bike, dubbed the Folkvänlig, that will only set you back $1,000 (even less if you are an Ikea Family member). The bike will be released in Austria initially, features six different driving modes and a has top speed of 45 mph, which means that even longer commutes are do-able.

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Ikea has announced plans to move its stores entirely to renewable energy, so an electric bike really isn’t all that strange coming from the retailer that is usually associated with furniture. The steel and aluminum frame bike comes in both a female and a male version and weighs a mere 60 pounds. The bike takes about five or six hours to charge in a standard outlet, which can easily happen while you are working or sleeping.

Related:  IKEA’s ‘Home for Hope’ Program Finds Families for Homeless Pets

The bike’s name comes from the Swedish words for friendly and people and is powered by a lithium-ion battery with pedal-assisted power, making travel a breeze. The company has yet to announce where the bike will be released next, so make sure to contact Ikea if you want to see it in your neighborhood. So that leaves just one question that we need to know: do we have to assemble it ourselves?

Via PSFK and Ikea

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6 Comments

  1. Miguel Maia June 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    not 45 mph
    it is 45 miles assisted range
    [ you can go as far as you wnat to pedal… ;) ]
    in Europe pedelecs assistance cuts out at 25 km/h ≃15 mph
    [ you need legs for more… ]

    not $1000
    it is €749 [ all taxes included ] ≃$749

  2. miguelmaia June 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    not 45 mph
    it is 45 miles assisted range
    [ you can go as far as you wnat to pedal… ;) ]

    not $1000
    it is €749 [ all taxes included ] ≃$749

  3. MarkmBha MarkmBha May 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Two questions:
    1) How much will it cost?
    2) How far will it go/charge?

  4. rayouno May 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    This bike kicks ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!that\’s the way we roll in the future, carbon based fuels? what are we stupid.

  5. riban conbajos May 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

    What is your source for the 45 mph top speed?

    That would not even be legal in the U.S.

    I’m skeptical that it will do even 45 kph.

  6. dutchlaw May 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

    45mph – wow! Being an Aussie, I think in kmph and that’s approach 80kmph: almost twice the speed limit around many Australian suburban streets.

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