Surely it can't get any worse than this?
Last week it was Lexus, this week Volkswagen are showing off their concept electric bicycle the "Bik.e". Unfortunately Volkswagen's offering isn't hybrid electric, making its eligibility for an appearance on this blog a little dubious. Lacking pedals the Bik.e is more like a lame electric scooter than an electric bicycle.
But with a bicycle in your cars spare tire bay, where are you going to keep your spare tire now? On your cars bicycle rack maybe? Ah .. all too confusing, I'm glad I don't own a car.
Promising a range of 20km on a full charge and with a top speed of 20km/h, you'd be better off retaining your dignity on a conventional bicycle.
On a related note, in Japan we've seen a lot of cheap, nasty, generic looking bicycles branded with the names of automakers including Chevrolet, Hummer, Jaguar, Land Rover, and even Lamborghini. I'm curious to know if that's just a Japanese thing or if they're available elsewhere too?
April 30, 2010
Electric Bike from Volkswagen
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
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Writing code and stuff, for games and things.