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VW's Folding Bik.e: Because Two Spare Tires Are Better Than One

Illustration for article titled VWs Folding Bik.e: Because Two Spare Tires Are Better Than One

Having a spare tire in your trunk is good, sure, but having two is even better. Especially when they're attached by a folding, pedal-free electric bike made by Volkswagen. A bike with a cool curvy frame. And two kickstands.

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The Bik.e, presumably named by a VW marketing intern who made the best typo of his life, made its debut at Auto China 2010. It contorts itself impressively to fit into the spare tire space in your trunk, which you can watch in the following video, if you sit patiently through the bizarre mermaid dance montage.

The bike has a range of 12.5 miles, and it's designed to draw a charge from the car itself so you won't need to worry about plugging it in. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on when you'll be able to put one in your own trunk—one tire and zero kickstands will have to suffice for now. [Fast Company]

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Interesting and I think it would be fun to have one on my boat for those island day trips.

As for usefulness? Maybe, but I don't see myself or my 80 yr old parents riding one down a busy Interstate highway to the nearest gas station.

Also, what if you're out in the middle of nowhere? 12 miles doesn't sound like much of a range.