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Brief Published: 21 Nov 2014

Impossible: Backpack-Sized Electric Bike

Impossible Bike

Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Impossible is an electric bike that folds down small enough to fit into a backpack.

Designed to be the ultimate in compact travel, the bike is made from a carbon fibre frame for a lightweight yet durable design, with a central steel component adding extra strength and bearing the rider's weight. Unlike conventional designs, the frame is built around circles, which helps the weight to be evenly spread across the frame.

Collapsing to just 17 inches high, the folded bike fits inside the circular seat, which doubles as a carry case, and can easily fit into a regular backpack. Light and compact products such as this appeal to a generation with increasingly transient lifestyles – see Design Democracy: Shift for further insight.

Ideal for city travel, the bike can be used at 12.4mph for 45 minutes on a single charge. Fitted with rechargeable batteries, it can be fully charged from any conventional power outlet in an hour and a half. The start-up has also promised the possibility of additional batteries that can be swapped in when the power runs out as they further develop the bike.

As highlighted in US Big City Cycling, mobility continues to be a pressing issue in increasingly busy urban landscapes. For more designs addressing these problems, see Vanhawks Smart Bike and Future Mobility: Move Award 2014.