Designed and constructed by Grant Ryan, who’s based in New Zealand, the Yike is a small, light, foldable electric bike that weighs less than 10 kilos and which can hit a top speed of 20km/h. The Yike features a carbon composite chassis and is powered by an electric motor that’s mounted inside its 20-inch hubless front wheel. The motor feeds off a lithium phosphate battery that can be charged to 80% capacity in 20 minutes. With the battery fully charged, the Yike can travel 10km before running out of juice.
Featured on Time magazine’s ’50 Best Inventions of 2009′ list, The Yike is likely to go on sale in Europe in limited numbers in the next few months and will be priced between 3,500-3,900 euros. More pics, details and videos on the Yike website here