Electric bikes are no longer something we'll just see at the gym. Volkswagen has unveiled their latest electric vehicle: the Bik.e, which actually lacks pedals and can be charged directly from a typical AC outlet.
According to AutoBlog Green, Volkswagen rolled out their first form of electric transport at Auto China 2010. VW is set to unveil its first electric automobile in 2013. I guess it's better to start somewhere small first, such as with a two-wheeler.
But this eco-friendly black and white creation is not too shabby. Not only does the Bik.e fold up into a flat disc to be easily stored in the spare tire compartment of your trunk, it can also charge up via an AC outlet or DC current from a car. If you're curious to see just how this bicycle folds up, check out the promo video from the show.
As for speed, don't expect to go as fast or as far as a car or even a regular scooter on the Bik.e. The typical distance range on a full charge is 12.5 miles, and the peak speed is 12.5 miles per hour. Not exactly something to use when in a hurry, but definitely a decent option for traveling to work, school or just around the neighborhood.
Given that this has only been spotted at a car show, there aren't any official details on pricing or release plans around the world just yet, but hopefully this goes commercial soon. I wouldn't mind having one of my own, depending on the price. Although, then I'm forfeiting the amount of exercise I get from a regular, old bicycle.