What Is an Electric
Across the UK and beyond, delivery drivers are starting to swap their vans for electric cargo bikes. Here’s everything you need to know about these nifty electric bicycles.
What Is an Electric Cargo Bike?
E-cargo bikes are becoming more and more popular, especially in the world of delivery drivers. Also known as electric utility bikes, these power-assisted bicycles give businesses and families an easy, environmentally friendly way to transport goods – whether that’s delivering a customer’s order or delivering your kids to school.
But what exactly are electric cargo bikes, and why are they replacing delivery vans?
If you’re interested in the world of e-cargo, here’s everything you need to know – including how you can get your hands (and feet) on one.
What Are E-Cargo Bikes?
An e-cargo bike is basically an electric bike with a large storage area. Rather than having a trailer attached to the back of your bike, e-cargos include a built-in storage unit at the front of your bike – making them easier to whip round corners. And with an electric motor adding a boost to your pedalling, these nifty electric bicycles will take you further and faster than regular cargo bikes – no matter how heavy your load is.
Cargo bikes themselves aren’t anything new – before cars were widely available, cargo bikes were one of the go-to ways of transporting things like freshly baked goods. But with more congestion on the roads, combined with our increased awareness of climate change, cargo bikes are enjoying a comeback. And with the addition of an electric motor, they can go further than ever before.
As towns and cities battle to reduce their carbon emissions, electric cargo bikes are a great step forward in the fight against climate change. Like all electric bikes, e-cargos don’t produce any emissions, making them an easy way to do your bit for the planet. They’re also great for getting around congested areas like cities, giving you the freedom to transport goods without getting stuck in rush hour. With enough range to cover up to 40 miles on a single charge, you can swap most of your car journeys for an easy-breezy bike ride – with all your cargo safely in tow.
What Is an Electric Cargo Bike Used For?
With their built-in storage unit and power-assisted pedalling, electric cargo bikes are becoming an increasingly popular option for last-mile delivery. Whether you’re a big brand looking to improve your sustainability practices or a local company that needs an affordable way to deliver items, e-cargo bikes come with a whole host of benefits.
Unlike cars and vans, e-cargo bikes produce zero carbon emissions. By swapping your company’s van for an electric cargo bike, you can drastically reduce your brand’s carbon footprint. Not only is this a big win for the environment, but it’s also good for your business. With shoppers increasingly looking for sustainable and eco-friendly brands, offering a zero-emission delivery service will help cement your company’s sustainability status – giving your customers another reason to shop with you.
Electric cargo bikes can also be great for your brand’s bottom line. While vans guzzle petrol, e-cargo bikes are incredibly cost-efficient to run – all you need to do is keep the battery charged and get them serviced once in a while. They don’t need a licence or road tax, and they won’t incur any parking charges while your riders are out and about. They’re also fully tax-deductible, which helps offset the upfront cost of your new fleet of bikes.
E-cargo bikes are especially useful for city deliveries. By giving riders the freedom to skip the gridlock and avoid roadworks, cargo bikes can actually get your orders out faster than cars and vans – especially in traffic-heavy areas like London. With options for faster, flexible shipping, you can start offering same-day or even same-hour delivery, giving you a huge leg-up against your competition.
Electric cargo bikes aren’t just good news for businesses – they’re also great for families. Designed with ample room for your little ones, family electric bikes give you an easy way to cart your kids around – whether you’re taking them to the park or just dropping them off at nursery. And when the kids hop out, there’s oodles of space for you to do the ‘big shop’.
If you’re looking to reduce your household’s carbon footprint while still maintaining your role as the family chauffeur, e-cargo bikes are a good way to go. Plus, with the electric motor powering you along, you can still tackle those lung-busting hills – kids and all.
E-Cargo Bikes at Raleigh
Whether you’re a business looking to reduce its carbon footprint or a family that needs an easy way to transport toddlers, we’ve got the e-cargo bike for you. Get in touch today to find out more about our e-cargo bikes, and stay tuned for some exciting launches…