VW's First Ever Two-Wheeler Fits in Your Spare Tire Compartment

Volkswagen bike

Did you know that Volkswagen's "focus on mobility" extends beyond cars to two-wheelers? Neither did we until VW research and development chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg said so at this week's Auto China 2010 show. Hackenberg introduced the VW bik.e, a battery-powered two-wheeler that resembles a bicycle without the pedals.

According to Autobloggreen, the specs look pretty good: a 12.5 mile range (perfect for short trips around town, nothing more), a top speed of 12.5 mph, and most impressively, the bike can easily fold into a disc that fits in a car's spare tire compartment.

VW hasn't revealed when—or if—the concept bike will go on sale, but chances are good that it will be commercialized at some point soon. What do you think—would you ride around on such a tiny contraption? Video of the bike in action is below. Just skip past the part with the goofy undersea dancers.

Add New Comment

9 Comments

  • Michael Brown

    Yeah, skip the dancers.

    This is a nice concept. I'd definately use it to make occassional runs to the autoparts store - when I've got my car up on jack stands fixing something, but neglected picking up on thing or another before starting the work.

  • Kate Rade

    It would be cool if it came with the car along side the spare tire. It's like buying a VW and then an alternative eco friendly option to it :)
    I think customers will like that :)

  • William Barrell

    Great idea. Might use it when I can't pedal anymore.

    --
    William Barrell

  • Michael Kusic

    Great idea! At least there's now a way to get to your destination when your VW breaks down.

  • Joey Duck

    very cool bike - and DON'T skip the undersea dancers, regardless of Fast Company's problem with dancers, why would FC be such haters?