Is an electric cargo bike a viable alternative to a car?August 27th 2020
Should I replace my small family car with an electric cargo bike? That’s just one of the questions on the minds of many across the country when it comes to e-bikes.
The cargo e-bike is an incredibly versatile tool: not only is it a great way to haul luggage around with you, but it can also help with everyday tasks that you might otherwise rely upon a car or public transport to make happen.
However, with a busy family to think about too, it can seem like too much trouble.
But in fact, a cargo e-bike is a real Swiss Army Knife of a tool, and although integrating one into your family’s life can seem like a pretty huge lifestyle change, in truth a cargo e-bike can quite easily replace a car or your expensive annual bus ticket – not only replacing those old forms of transport, but improving your family’s quality of life at the same time.
Not convinced? Let us show you just some of the ways a cargo e-bike could revolutionise your daily life.
It starts with the school run
During term time, family life is often shaped around the school or nursery run. Twice a day, every weekday, many parents take to the car to either drop off or collect their young children. It’s a fact of life for thousands of parents across the country – not necessarily because the parents want to drive to school, but because of where they need to go next.
Unless you live within very close proximity to your child’s school, it can be really difficult to simply walk in. Perhaps you need to head to work immediately after the drop-off, or your little ones require their own vehicles, further complicating the logistical nightmare. Either way, the best of clean, green and healthy intentions can be easily swayed by the convenience of a car or bus.
However, a cargo e-bike can be just as convenient thanks to its safe carrying capacity, while meeting all the traditional elements like reducing CO2 emissions, getting more fresh air and getting some exercise in too (as with any e-bike, you can set the power mode to the level you want). With luggage compartments that can come built for carrying children, complete with safety belts, you can transport your young family to school and/or nursery without resorting to the car.
Plus, if you work within striking distance of your little one’s school, you’ll be able to travel onwards to work, because a cargo e-bike behaves almost exactly like a normal bike. Or if you have a weekly shop to do, that luggage capacity is perfect for the task.
Already, a cargo e-bike is starting to look like a viable alternative to a car or public transport, and that’s before we really uncover the sheer flexibility of one.
A cargo e-bike can carry up to four children to nursery and/or school, help get you to work and do the daily or weekly shop, all thanks to that load capacity. It’s also brilliant for the odd jobs that you might normally resort to a car to carry out. Want to visit family or friends? Take the cargo e-bike. Want to do some local chores? Use the cargo e-bike.
In fact, if you rely upon a small commercial vehicle to get around town to do your daily job – let’s say you’re a plumber, a home visit hairdresser, a decorator or a postwoman – a cargo e-bike can easily take the place of your vehicle.
Exercise + fresh air = better health
Of course, one of the underlying reasons that convinces thousands of people every year to switch to bikes and e-bikes is the opportunity to live healthier lifestyles. An e-bike, contrary to some beliefs, still provides a good level of physical activity, while providing enough assistance to make hills and longer distances that much easier.
That means much more fresh air for you (and your small passengers), while that air will be healthier for everyone too with one less car on the road. Multiply that by hundreds or even thousands of families across the UK, and cargo e-bikes have the potential to transform family health.
All of this feeds into the cost of running an e-bike. The initial outlay, compared to buying a new (or even used!) small car is far less, while ongoing costs are minuscule in comparison too. For reference:
- A weekly tank of petrol might cost around £40-£50, whereas a full battery charge costs mere pennies
- Car insurance and paying of vehicle duty tax can cost £100s a year; a cargo e-bike doesn’t require either
- Car parking fees can build with each trip into town, while a cargo e-bike is free to park up
- Annual servicing of a car can cost £100s a year, while an e-bike (if properly maintained) may need a relatively cheap service once a year
- An annual bus/tram/local train ticket can cost upwards of £1,000 a year, whereas an e-bike can pay off that cumulative cost in the space of just a few years.
With these compelling reasons, ranging from flexibility, to cost and becoming more eco-friendly, adopting a cargo e-bike into your family life is a real possibility. Although it can be a big lifestyle switch that requires planning, the benefits are there to be realised.
Why not get in touch with us today to discuss your potential switch?