The company is moving away from furniture and will add the FOLKVÄNLIG to their product line.
Swedish furniture company IKEA is launching an electric bike that they’re calling the FOLKVÄNLIG because, well, why not? The company is known for being green and eco-friendly, what with their flat-packed pieces of furniture that helps reduce waste materials and their use of solar power for their buildings and even their products. The company is even reportedly planning to get 100% of the energy it uses in its stores and buildings from renewable energy sources by the year 2020, so coming out with an eco-friendly e-bike is not really a stretch for the company.
The name of the product, which is a combination of the Swedish words for people (“folk”) and friendly (“vänlig”), is unsurprisingly appropriate because the electric bike is designed to be a sleek ride that is both environment-friendly and affordable.
The electric bike has a front fork made of steel and an aluminum frame that also holds the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, giving the e-bike good stability and a nice sleek design. 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. The FOLKVÄNLIGweighs 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 FOLKVÄNLIG e-bike costs 749 Euros or around 1,000 USD and will initially be rolled out to a few IKEA stores in Vienna, Austria. IKEA Family members will be able to purchase the electric bike at a discounted price of 649 Euros or just over 800 US dollars. All parts of the electric bike, except those that are subject to normal wear and tear, come with a two-year warranty.
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