IKEA to sell electric bicycles

The Volkvänlig for women

The Volkvänlig for women

The Swedish chain of furniture stores is testing the sale of electric bicycles at two of its locations in Vienna, Austria.

The Volkvänlig (people-friendly in Swedish) is a pedal-assist bike with a 250W electric motor and a range of 37 to 45 miles range (60 to 73 km). Its aluminum frame comes in a men and women version, and both bikes weigh 60 lbs. (27 kg). The lithium battery is rechargeable in 5 to 6 hours from a standard outlet. A Shimano transmission offers six different biking modes.

It is a rather attractive bike, and its price is also very interesting: 749 euros ($1,021), and members of the Ikea Family club get a 100 euros discount. Electric bicycles are very popular in Europe (see http://cleanrider.com/electric-bicycle-sales-booming-europe/) and the test should in all likelihood be successful.

The Volkvänlig for men

The Volkvänlig for men

Naysayers might remind us of Best Buy’s failure to sell Zero electric motorcycles in the USA a few years ago, but that program was a little before its time and was poorly managed. We can trust that IKEA will be more actively promoting the Volkvänlig, as the firm is already involved in other clean energy initiatives. For example, IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at numerous stores in the US and across the world.

So let’s hope that the Volkvänlig comes to the US stores very soon!

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