The Volkswagen Electric Bike Concept

BY Cameron Newland

German auto giant Volkswagen may not seem like a company that has a strong interest in environmentalism or in advocating for zero-emissions transportation, but they’re trying to change the public’s perception, and one of the ways they’re doing it is by attempting to produce more electric cars and electric mobility concepts.

At Volkswagen’s DRIVE exhibit in Berlin, they’ve shown off new technologies from all of the Volkswagen brands (Audi, Porsche, etc.) and have also announced a new electric bike concept with a VW-built mid-drive motor and an automatic transmission.

Volkswagen Electric Bike Ebike Concept

The Volkswagen ebike’s automatic transmission has only one system rivaling at the moment: Bosch’s eShift.

Volkswagen Electric Bike Ebike Concept

The concept is visually similar to Stromer’s ST2 and Kalkhoff’s Integrale models, and like those models, sports a battery that is hidden in the downtube.

Volkswagen Electric Bike Ebike Concept

The bike is also equipped with antilock brakes, an industry first for electric bicycles.

Volkswagen Electric Bike Ebike Concept

Though Volkswagen has produced multiple electric bike models in the past, this concept is unlikely to see production as it would likely cost in excess of $10,000.