• Apr 28th 2010 at 5:01PM
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VW bik.e – Click above to watch video after the jump

Volkswagen has rolled out its first ever two-wheeler at Auto China 2010. Following a flurry of flapping and arm waving highly sophisticated dance number, V-Dub research and development chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg rode confidently onto the stage aboard the VW bik.e (not a typo). A very cool looking piece of mobility art that looks a little like a small bicycle without the pedals, the battery-powered device has definitely been designed with both form and function in mind: the whole thing folds quickly down into a flat disc that fits quite nicely into the spare tire compartment found in the bottom of most trunks.

While auto shows are known for their concepts that never see the light of day, we are told there are plans to actually commercialize this machine, though it probably won't come as an option with your next VW. With a range of 20 kilometers (12.5 miles), it's not meant for long distance treks but rather as a supplement to your car. Its official top speed is 20 km/h (12.5 miles per hour) to allow Germans to ride it helmetless, though word on the street says the version at the show could go much faster. No mention was made about how long it takes to charge, but apparently the bik.e's batteries can be replenished by a car's DC current as well as a typical AC plug. To get a glimpse of this "mobility enhancer" in action and hear the good doctor expound further, hit the jump for the accompanying video.

[Source: ZerCustoms]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      bombardier, I have a Peugeot bicycle manufactured in 1982, so please take that history class your asking others too, as you seem to need it most!
      • 2 Years Ago
      how much is the Volkswagen bik.e replaces spare tire with electric mobility device [w/video]
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad they use disc brakes instead of regenerative braking. No way to pedal assist so you are going to look pretty silly once it runs out of juice.

      It does look like it could be more practical than a segway though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would be interesting to see if you could make this into a series hybrid by adding a crank attached to a generator. Then you could add additional range and power by pedaling. The battery and electric motor make a transmission & gears unnecessary. The generator could be small, light and sized to provide easy pedaling regardless of terrain.
      • 2 Years Ago
      how much are they
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh dear Bombardier, somebody on the internet who can't admit they're wrong, well I never.

      Quoting from the wikipedia page you supposedly referenced, "Peugeot bicycles continued to be built until very recently."

      I own a Peugeot bicycle that I bought 15 years ago, so either I'm nearly 100, or you're wrong.

      BMW have been involved in making bikes since the '90's. http://www.swiftfolders.com/review.html

      Daewoo make everything from bikes to tv's to cars. http://www.daewoobicycles.com/

      Yugo make bicycles, honda makes bicycles, Jeep make bicycles even Hummer made bicycles. http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2003-04/when-carmakers-make-bicycles

      Landrover, Fiat, Ferrari, Porsche have also all been involved in the manufacture of bicycles (some just slap a badge on though) http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=15765640

      Your statement "There's no car company in the world that is also known for making bicycles." is wrong. You could have maybe gotten away with it if you'd said "equally well known" but you didn't. And besides you said "in the world"; as an example, everybody in Korea knows Daewoo make bicycles.

      Go on, be brave, amaze me and admit it, you're wrong.

      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with all these car companies making bicycles all fo the sudden? How odd. is this there way of acknowledging peak oil? I guess even the car companies think the only way for them to stay in business with the coming oil collapse is to start replacing their car products with bicycles? It's a scary thought.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Relax. Automakers have had bicycles for decades...

        Anyway, keep in mind this is also at the Chinese auto show, and bicycles are very popular there. It's good to cater to your market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @bombardier

        According to Peugeot's own website, Peugeot currently makes and sells bicycles. LOL. Talk about ignorance. Why don't you stop trolling you may learn something!

        www.peugeot.com/en/products/cycles.aspx
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no a car company in the world that is also known for making bicycles. The only thing that comes close is Honda who makes motorcycles. But those are motorcycles not bicycles lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        According to their Wikipedia page, Peugeot stopped making bicycles in 1926. LOL. Talk about ignorance. Why don't you take a history class you may learn something!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is a car marque equally famous for bicycles, Peugeot. http://www.cyclespeugeot.com/History.html But I think they separated in 1926.

        ANY alternative to a 3,000 lb tank to transport your 200 lb body a few miles to work or the mall is worth exploring, I don't know why people are so hostile to Segways, e-bik.es, mobility concepts from GM and Honda, etc. Sure, they're expensive compared to pedaling a normal bike, but 10x more people sit at a desk typing "Fail. Ride a bike" than actually do so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey - let's not knock anything that these dinosaur car companies create. It's a great step forward. At least they are thinking out of the box. I dare GM to get off their government bail out asses and think out of the box. Let's talk dinosaurs!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Remember when VW had dirt bikes & racks included on some Jettas?

        And Subaru, with it's "offroad" editions?

        This is a marketing gimmick, but still, very cool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Peugeot stated making bicycles in 1882.

        http://www.peugeot.com/en/history/cycles/bicycles.aspx


        • 5 Years Ago
        @bombardier

        Peugeot & Lotus are two car companies that are well known for making bicycles. Don't tar the rest of the world with your ignorance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Das Bike?
      • 5 Years Ago
      its missing the Check engine light!
        • 5 Years Ago
        its missing the Check engine light!

        ROTFLMAO yes you are a VW owner !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      not a bad idea as long as it isn't an excuse for not giving us the 1L or other obvious energy efficiency cars instead of the wasteful crap they sell now..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lol Nice for China but not for the EU. (Incl. Germany) Here bikes need paddles. If they do not have them it not a bicycle. And the electric part is great but it may only be used as an assistance with peddles and up till max speeds of wait for it....15 mph. Great. And this is from someone from Holland. Almost no electric bikes here because of that law and it is marketed as granny and grandpa bikes with assist only.

      This thing would fall under the scooter law. You do not need a helmet but you need a licence to ride one with theory and practical exams to get it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it... the design folds so it'll fit in the space where a spare tire would go...
      that's pretty amazing. they had to lose the pedals to do this but no matter.

      very cool party trick that it can fit INSIDE the car in such a small space
      it's remarkable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dunno. Neat concept, but I'd still rather have a spare tire.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. I don't want a bike if I get a flat tire during rush hour on the interstate. I want a spare tire so in 10 minutes I can continue home- in my car.
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