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Published on May 15th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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The IKEA “FOLKVÄNLIG” Isn't Furniture, It's An Electric Bike

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Swedish furniture maker IKEA has grown to include solar panels in select stores, and now it is adding electric bikes to its maze-like aisles as well. Two IKEA stores in Vienna, Austria will begin selling the FOLKVÄNLIG electric bicycle at a cost of €749, or about $1,023 dollars at today’s exchange rate.

The FOLKVÄNLIG is being offered in both male and female flavors, with an aluminum frame weighing about 60 pounds and a range of about 37 to 45 miles of pedal-assisted power between charges of the lithium-ion battery pack. Charging takes about five hours, but the 250 watt motor is hooked to a Shimano transmission with six different driving modes. IKEA Family members also get a €100 discount, making this IKEA e-bike that much more affordable. The question is, will it come in a flat-pack box?

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While just a pilot program for now, people have proven willing to drop far more than a $1,000 on stuff they really don’t need at IKEA. The Swedish company has gone further than most in its efforts to go green, including installing a number of electric car stations at stores across the world. This e-bike is honestly one of the more useful things the Swedish company makes (says the guy who has at least a dozen IKEA pieces in his home at any one time). Should it prove successful, maybe IKEA will work some of its furniture know-how into a folding e-bike design for the cramped apartments of many major metros.

The IKEA FOLKVÄNLIG already has one of their unpronounceable names, and they’re even offering a two-year warranty so I’d say they’re already halfway there.

Source: IKEA




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  • Joel

    FYI: “folkvänlig” = “people friendly” (though I’m suspecting IKEA made up that word…)

  • Benjamin Nead

    I sure hope “Folkvanig” means “we’re going to sell this e-bike in the U.S,
    sooner than later.” This looks completely splendid and the price is certainly right. I’m fine with an aluminum frame (light, strong and affordable,) but I hope they went with a tubular steel front fork . . . especially with a hub attached. The removable battery is a particularly nice touch on a e-bike in this price range.

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