This Kickstarter-Funded Electric Bike Can Fold Into Your Backpack

November 17, 2014 | Prachi Gupta

Move over Citi Bike — New Yorkers may soon have a better way to move around the city. Meet Impossible, a lightweight electric bike that folds into your backpack, has a waterproof battery case, and lets you go up to 12.4 miles per hour at a 45-minute stretch.

Instead of pedals, the Impossible Bicycle is operated by a brushless electric motor, so you “simply point the front wheel in the direction of travel and off you go, no pedaling necessary,” according to the site’s page.

There are some limitations to it, however: the maximum distance you can travel without a recharge is 15.6 miles, and there’s an upper weight limit of 180 pounds. It takes about an hour and a half to charge, though its engineers are working on bringing that time down.

The bike was launched by Beijing-based company Impossible Technology on November 10, and in a week it has more than tripled its goal of $55,000. It still has 38 days left in the campaign.

For more info on how this bike was put together, check out the Kickstarter page.

(Photo: Impossible Kickstarter)