Folding Electric Bicycles
Impossible Technology is a great name for a company built around designing products to surmount insurmountable problems, and its electric bike offering is a perfect example. Perhaps the most incredible feat of bicycle-related engineering we've ever seen, the aptly named Impossible Bicycle folds up way smaller than any other collapsible bike out there. It compacts to such a small size, in fact, that you can carry it in a backpack.
The strange, but really cool, frame design was developed to ensure even weight distribution, as well as the bike's amazing folding ability. The Impossible Bicycle tops out at 15.6 miles per hour and its small electric battery will last only around 45 minutes before needing a recharge. Unfortunately, its creators canceled their 2014 Kickstarter campaign after realizing they underestimated the cost of the carbon fiber frame (and a host of other financial misfires). The website is no longer active, so there's no telling when, or even if, a bike like this will ever come to fruition.
Although the Ford e-bike unveiled in 2015 has the cycling world excited now, Volkswagen got there first, way back in 2010. It was then that the German car company launched the "VW bik.e" at the annual Auto China Show. VW's take on the electric bike is a light-duty commuter option, capable of traveling up to 12.5 miles per hour with a range of (coincidentally) 12.5 miles. (VW may have limited the e-bike's speed to coincide with the fastest speed allowed for cyclists to eschew helmets in Germany.) The bik.e also folds up small enough to fit not just in the trunk of your car, but in the spare tire compartment of your trunk, thanks to its stripped down design and singular curved downtube seat.