Long beloved for its hack-able furniture, mouthwatering meatballs and murderous to assemble (yet awesomely affordable!) finds, Ikea’s spinning up something totally new this year — the Folkvänlig, a 60-pound electric bike.
On-trend and stylish to boot, the eco-friendly Folkvänlig (its name combines the Swedish words for “people” and “friendly”) features an award-winning design, boasts six-level Shimano gears — and the electric part? Yup, it’s equipped with a 250-watt motor that starts up as soon as you begin spinning.
This cool new ride also promises pedal-assisted power for 37-45 miles, along with a lithium-ion battery that can be charged in roughly five to six hours and will last about 500 charges at full capacity. Storing the battery inside the bike’s aluminum frame helps keep the design sleek and functional, too, whether you’re simply out cruising the neighborhood or pedaling to and from work each day.
Priced at €749, or around $1,025, and available in both men’s and women’s models, the Folkvänlig is first being rolled out at just two Ikea stores in Vienna, Austria, beginning this month. And while we know it definitely isn’t as cheap as that Lack coffee table you picked up during your last furniture run, we still can’t help but hope that this innovative e-wheeler will make its way to our own shores ASAP!
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