fully electric folding yikebike model V & C achieves urban freedom

fully electric folding yikebike model V & C achieves urban freedom

fully electric folding yikebike model V & C achieves urban freedom
images courtesy of yikebike




new zealand inventor grant ryan and engineer peter higgins present the latest evolution of the fully electric folding bicycle, the yikebike ‘model V and C‘, which enables users to truly discover their urban freedom. listening, analyzing and acting upon early customers’ feedback of the initial concept first released in 2009, the new design is an eye-catching, mobile piece of art that houses advanced technology within its clean form. the 15.5kg ‘model V’ which interchanges between a two and three wheel configuration, is constructed from hydroformed aluminum and composite reinforced polymer. its 237 W/h lithium ion battery that can be charged in 90 minutes, has an electrical range of 14km and can reach a maximum speed of 23km/h.


have freedom during rush hour and when parking
video courtesy of yikebike




in contrast, the premium carbon fiber ‘model C’ weighs just 11.4kg, making it their lightest yet most rigid version to date and has a traveling distance of 20km. both bikes are fitted with electronic anti-skid regenerative braking systems and are able to fold to the size of 43 liters in less than 20 seconds. the two versions have completed user testing and validation, and are seeking funding via its kickstarter campaign, to bring the products to the market.

the model V is available in charcoal, silver or gold colors


the bikes are able to be folded in less than 20 seconds




the yikebike model C is also available in a matt clear finish to showcase its carbon fiber construction

  • Don’t get these bikes at all, why are we trying to turn something that could
    actually help and maintain fitness into a lazyboy chair of transport. The potential
    for maintaining some sort of gentle cardio is tremendous with a bike, but
    we consistently seem to want to remove any effort from the way we get around,
    thereby increasing our already overtly sedentary lifestyles. Maybe these work
    from condo to large office towers where basically you could get this stapled to your
    butt and never leave it from home to cubicle. As an assistive device for those with
    disability fair enough, but lets not foster inability.

    Feb 06, 2015
  • nice idea but with a price tag of nearly $8000 this is doomed from the start as i can get faster around with no need to recharge on a normal pushbike for way less.

    Feb 06, 2015
  • Given the natural instability of that posture the rider should be in ‘full’ protective gear. It’s looks cool to ride without a helmet, but not fun to be spoon fed at 30 years of age.


    Feb 06, 2015

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