With their flat-packed pieces of furniture to reduce waste materials, use of solar power for their buildings and products, and plans to utilize 100% renewable energy to power its stores by 2020, Swedish retailer IKEA will also add to its eco-friendly efforts by incorporating a sleek, affordable electric bike into the mix. Sufficed to say, no matter what you think about the furniture giant – it is always looking for new and inventive ways to stay on the cutting edge of innovation.
Called the Folkvänlig (derived from the Swedish words for friendly and people), the environmentally friendly bike will only set you back $1,000 (even less if you are an IKEA “Family Member“), but will only initially be released in Vienna, Austria.
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The stable steel and aluminum frame bike comes in both female and a male versiond and weighs a mere 60 pounds. Powered by a 250-watt electric motor that provides a pedal-assisted range of 37 to 45 miles—depending on the terrain and the weight of the rider—making even longer commutes a breeze. The bike is also built with a Shimano transmission with six different driving modes, and can be charged from a standard outlet in about five hours, which can easily happen while you are working or sleeping. All parts of the electric bike, except those that are subject to normal wear and tear, come with a two-year warranty.
The company has not announced where the bike will be released next, so we’re curious to see where the product will be available in the future. However, we already know what our next question is going to be: do we have to assemble it ourselves?
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Would you purchase IKEA’s new bike?