Electric Cargo Bikes are due to receive a grant after government trial which exceeded expectations of their capability to delivery last mile goods in replacement of vans. 96.7% of all deliveries could be fulfilled from a single e-cargo bike run.
What is an Electric Cargo Bike?
Electric cargo bikes help move heavy goods around congested cities with ease. Cargo bikes have been in use for many years - the first appearing in factories in the 1950s powered by a petrol motor to help speedily transport goods between picking lines.
Since then things have moved on a bit, and they are now assisted by electric power. This means even carrying heavy goods is much easier, as the electric motor takes out the effort of pedalling.
Quite simply they are large bicycles, usually with a storage area up front with the rider towards the rear. This lets them make sure the extra wide loads can fit through narrow gaps. Operationally they are identical to any normal bike, only with an extra stand for balance when stationary and on unpowered versions, a bit of extra leg power required!
In cities all over Europe they can be spotted running between delivery depots and people's homes, delivering food shopping for supermarkets, coffee beans to coffeeshops or online orders to customers. They are often faster than vans for deliveries as they can access cycle lanes, avoid traffic congestion and use narrow streets off-limits to other motor vehicles. They're extremely cheap to run and don't require any license or tax.
How many miles can an electric cargo bike travel?
Despite carrying huge amounts of weight, electric cargo bikes can continue to deliver surprisingly far. On a single charge, the Urban Arrow range can usually travel between 25 and 50 miles at 15.5mph. Of course, this will vary a huge amount depending on the ride style, weight of the load and how much assistance is required. If you require extra range or need to quickly recharge, we suggest buying a spare battery which can quickly be replaced upon returning to depot.
How much weight can an electric cargo bike hold?
Our smallest bike, the Shorty can carry up 225KG or 150 Litres of cargo. The largest in our range, the Tender can carry up to 300KG, or a huge 2500 Litres.