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Electric cargo bikes: The chariots are coming!

August 14th 2020

There’s no doubt about it, with the building popularity of e-bikes as an everyday transport solution, our villages, towns and cities are going to look a lot different in the coming years. One kind of e-bike not always at the forefront of people’s minds is the cargo e-bike – a veritable chariot when it comes to everyday practicality.

As we all adjust to a COVID19-affected world, cities are transforming their urban areas to increase space for bicycles and pedestrians to help with social distancing. London, for example, has ambitious plans to pedestrianise roads in the heart of the city and close access to cars in favour of cycle, pedestrian and bus traffic.

Check out Cycling Industry News’ latest article on cargo e-bikes - Issue 04, 2020; p18

Meanwhile, Milan chose to turn 22 miles of streets into new cycle paths, and in the Colombian capital of Bogotá, the government has opened up 47 miles of temporary bike lanes.

But there’s a problem: walking or riding a bike is great, but these methods lack the capacity to carry larger items. So, how can you carry your shopping, ferry children to school, or transport essential luggage to your destination without using a car? What if you’re a delivery company or a business with local delivery needs and your vehicles can no longer access these areas?

The answer is the electric cargo bike

The cargo bike market has been maturing over the last few years, with many major brands now creating their own models to meet consumer and business needs. Now, there’s a range of robust, safe and functional cargo e-bikes coming out of the European cycling heartlands.

Companies like Raleigh, Bergamont, Tern and Babboe (to name a few) are now producing some class-leading cargo e-bikes that fill the gap left by increased pedestrianisation and changing attitudes to daily transport.

Cargo e-bikes could also be the eco-friendly answer to inner city polluting vans and small commercial vehicles. Research commissioned by the European Union concludes that 25% of all goods and 50% of all light deliveries in urban settings could be serviced by cargo bikes.

Such a shift could contribute to maintaining cleaner air, plus revolutionise how businesses operate in local urban areas and cities.

With economic powerhouse nations like Germany reporting a 35% increase in e-bike sales in this Coronavirus-affected year, it seems clear that now could also be the time for cargo e-bikes to take the world by storm.

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