IKEA to sell electric bike
Two stores in Austria will stock €749 Folkvänlig eBike – and it's not flatpacked
Two IKEA stores in Vienna, Austria, will soon be selling the Folkvänlig electric bike at €749 (about £607), and the big news is that it won’t be delivered flatpacked, it’ll come fully assembled.
The aluminium Folkvänlig comes in designs for both men and women and weighs around 60lb (27kg). A 250W electric motor provides pedal assistance, the power supplied by a removable lithium-ion battery pack. Recharging takes around five hours and it is claimed that the battery is good for up to 500 recharge cycles without losing capacity.
The Folkvänlig has six Shimano gears and a range of 60-70km (38-44 miles).
IKEA haven’t announced plans to sell the Folkvänlig anywhere other that Vienna yet, but if successful it’s likely they’ll roll it out to other regions over time.
IKEA is big on green initiatives and has associations with bikes dating back several years. The Swedish brand gave all of its 12,400 staff in the United States a bicycle back in 2010 as a thank you for a successful year.
In 2006, it gave a folding Raleigh bike (above) to each of its 9,000 UK staff, a folder seeming particularly in keeping with the company's space-saving ethos.