Eurobike 2022 Tech Gallery #8: Loads of cargo bikes

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Eurobike’s cargo hall was full of amazing electric mobility concepts, like this crazy four-wheel front-end loader from German company Vowag.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I a big fan of electronic cargo bikes. Sure, they’re heavy and bulky, they’re expensive, and they’re nowhere near as maneuverable as a standard e-bike when it comes to commuting. But if you’re looking to e-bikes as a way to replace your car, then you’ve got to give them the ability to transport your kids and their stuff too – and if the latest Eurobike show is any indication, the future looks pretty bright.

One of the reasons I’m so excited about the segment is the level of ingenuity and creativity on display here. Unlike road or gravel bikes—or even mountain bikes—cargo bikes have very few limitations in terms of what they can look like and how they’re designed. It’s often purely function-over-form, and with so many different engineers and designers looking at problems and needs, there are so many different solutions and ideas.

The upcoming EU regulations on cargo bikes might soften that up a bit—perhaps for the better—but in the meantime, this is the real Wild West, and an abundance of ingenuity can only lead to good things moving forward.

This is our last round of Eurobike 2022 coverage, but feel free to jump on over to ours Eurobike homepage for all sorts of other goodies from this year’s event. See you next year in Frankfurt!


Eurobike 2022 Tech Gallery #8: Loads of cargo bikes

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