Buy Your Next Bookcase And Ebike From Ikea
Ikea, the Swedish furniture company famous for ship-it-flat, build-it-yourself furniture, is launching an electric bike that they’re calling the Folkvanlig. Loosely translated, that means “Fast than a ford Econoline” (we just made that up). Okay, really, the name of the product is a combination of the Swedish words for people (“folk”) and friendly (“vänlig”).
The electric bike has a chromoly fork and an aluminum frame that holds a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The bike is powered by a 250-watt electric motor and has a pedal-assisted range of 37 to 45 miles. The bike is also built with a Shimano transmission with six different driving modes. Claimed weight is about 60 pounds and comes in two design versions: one for women and one for men. Users need about five or six hours to charge up the electric bike from a standard outlet, so bike owners can charge up their two-wheel rides over night or during the day while they’re at work.
The bike will sell for around a grand 1,000 and will initially be rolled out to a few IKEA stores in Vienna, Austria. All parts of the electric bike, except those that are subject to normal wear and tear, come with a two-year warranty.