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Iconic Swiss Army knife design gets an electric bicycle makeover!

June 11, 2011 - London

An extraordinarily unique electric bicycle that can fold out just like a Swiss Army knife, born of the work of a father and a son, Andre-Marcel and Eric Collombin in Geneva, Switzerland, is garnering attention from around the world.

The creation by Swiss brand Voltitude, has been dubbed the ultimate space saver.

Designed for city-dwellers, the compact 18.5-kilogram bike measures just under two feet in width, 2ft 7in high when folded and 3ft.6in when stretched out.

Creators father and son Andre and Eric say their remarkable design can be made ready to ride in just one second.

It can be unfolded with one hand with just one movement.

The pair admitted they didn't intentionally create their bike to mirror the iconic Swiss Army knife but the design had proved popular.

"When we played around with the design we realised the similarity,' the Daily Mail quoted Eric as saying.

'It was almost like a joke at first but we took the idea to a couple of Swiss Army knife companies and they really loved the concept.

The bike can be charged by hooking it up to a standard mains socket and takes around four hours to reach full power.

It can reach speeds of around 15 miles per hour and can be ridden for 25 miles before needing to be recharged.

The bike, which is set to sell for around 2,650 pounds, is for people who live and work in a city and don't have the space for a standard bike, says Eric.


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