Now we’re talking. Volkswagen has developed an electric bike that folds down into the spare tire compartment, features no pedals, and goes up to 12.5 miles on a charge at up to 12.5 miles per hour.
The company is apparently getting ready to actually sell this bike, although pricing and availability hasn’t been set quite yet. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen’s Research and Development Chief, says,
“The e-bike can be folded up and stowed conveniently in the luggage compartment or on the spare wheel in the back, with no restriction of the capacity available. So you can take additional mobility along with you. For example, to reach particular destinations in town or to remain mobile in your leisure time when you have to park your car somewhere…
We have a special company within our organization that sells all kinds of products, supplementing our cars… This team is currently looking at this vehicle and is establishing a viable business case.”
Aside from selling these as standalone products, you can’t help but wonder if Volkswagen might offer them as added options with new car leases as well.