Go green. With the increasing awareness of environmental sustainability, then technology is also starting to move towards environmentally friendly technologies and pollution-free. Predicted in the next 10 years, cities in the world is getting crowded and the concept of micro mobility without pollution began to complement the existing modes of transport. Indications in that direction already visible with the introduction of Toyota’s Winglet, Honda U3-X and so on. German manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) also did not want to be left to take part. Introducing Folding Electric Bicycle by Volkswagen.
Volkswagen’s Folding Bik.e: Because Two Spare Tires Are Better Than One
The concept presented by Volkswagen is Bik.e, electric folding bike without a paddle with a clever mechanism that can fit easily into the spare tire space. Electric bicycle which has a size 20-inch wheels are able to roam about 20 miles.
Having a spare tire in your trunk is good, sure, but having two is even better. Especially when they’re attached by a folding, pedal-free electric bike made by Volkswagen. A bike with a cool curvy frame. And two kickstands. This electric bike has a weight of 20 kg, sufficient weight to the size of a bicycle, but as a bike light enough electricity. The bike has a range of 12.5 miles, and it’s designed to draw a charge from the car itself so you won’t need to worry about plugging it in. Unfortunately, the VW did not want to release technical data such as how long Bik.e perform charging the battery, even though according to them, this bike can charge the battery using the electrical network in the car.
This bike has a maximum speed of 20 km / h despite reports from Beijing show that this vehicle can be even faster. Deliberately set at a maximum speed of only 20 km / h on the grounds that Bik.e can be ridden in Germany without the use of helmets.
The data has been obtained also mentions that Bik.e use batteries that are stored in order and all using the model disc brakes operated by cables, as well as LED lighting system integrated model.
Parts of the chassis using aluminum or magnesium, which is made with injection molded process that divided into 3 parts. Order that its center is a genius design that offers better stability than a traditional bike with a unique folding mechanism and barely visible.
When both wheels are folded, they seemed to be fused and the bike round to be easily inserted in the inlet where the spare tire. VW expertise in the affairs of a proven design with iconic Beetle and Combi models. And like the Apple iPod, Bik.e could become an accessory in vehicles that have a VW logo.
Even more exciting, this is not just a concept vehicle that is present at the show and then stored in a museum. The reason, according to reports circulating, Bike.e will actually be produced even before the end of this year.