In large cities, electric cargo bicycles are increasingly used by messengers, couriers, but also for delivery, logistics, and street food services. Also appreciated by parents who have more than two children and who in the practicality of cargo bikes have found the perfect way to quickly move the family between school and home.
A trend that has benefited, perhaps most of all, from the introduction of pedal-assistance, with e-cargo, which has conquered an even broader market niche, because electric assistance has amplified the usability: more kilos to carry, less effort, and more kilometers to travel.
Throughout Europe, the trend is consolidated with many examples of sustainable conversion of public and private transport, thanks to cargo, electric and non-electric. DHL and Ikea deliveries travel by cargo bike to Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands, but also through the steep lanes of Lisbon thanks to e-cargo.
In Copenhagen, adult cargo e bikes are widespread and many have become taxis, while in Poland, entrepreneurs, public institutions, and NGOs can borrow electric cargo bikes to increase business and customer services.
Many countries are already working to achieve the goals for sustainable zero-emission urban mobility, as set by the EU targets by 2030. A single cargo bike replaces the use of a commercial vehicle usually powered by diesel and saves almost 5 tons of carbon in the atmosphere every year, allowing cities to decongest traffic from certain types of commercial vehicles.
So, other European countries have favored the purchases of these types of bikes with taxation and subsidies. Purchase of traditional cargo bikes and electric cargo bikes, up to a maximum of 2 thousand euros.
That more and more cargo e-bikes are being sold is a fact. The “Survey on the European cargo bike industry: market size and impact of the coronavirus” – a European project whose objectives are to prepare common guidelines and funding aimed at facilitating the spread of this model of green mobility – confirmed it: the sales of cargo bikes in Europe, both for cargo bikes for private use and for commercial use, increased by 60% in 2019 and next 2 year will see a further 53% increase.
An expanding market that also tickles short and long-term rental, to create consumers aware of the potential of the cargo vehicle. Many cities had started the free rental of three pedal-assisted freighters.