As cities around the world grapple with growing populations, air pollution, and increased traffic congestion the humble cargo bike is not just having a moment, it is becoming a movement. Sales of cargo bikes are predicted to increase by 50% year on year across Europe, and estimates suggest that by 2030, annual European sales of cargo bikes will reach one million for commercial use and an additional one million for family use. Studies show that in some cities, cargo bikes are becoming something of the default choice for logistics companies, delivery services, and even people who work in the trades, such as plumbers and electricians. And there is good reason for this: a recent study shows that in urban areas, electric cargo bikes deliver 60% faster than delivery vans, with higher average speeds due to increased agility allowing them to deliver, on average, ten packages an hour, compared to a delivery van’s six. Even better? Cargo bikes cut emissions by 90% when compared with diesel vans.
This is all great news and will make our cities more livable by decongesting roads, reducing carbon emissions, and offering more breathable air. But – and this is a big but – what happens when you need to go somewhere and it’s not a beautiful summer’s day? What if it is instead a day when the skies open up and rain or snow make the idea of riding a bike the last thing you want to do.
It’s this last bit that gave the CEO of CityQ, Morten Rynning, his inspiration to create a new kind of cargo bike, one that offers all the benefits of a traditional one – but that also keeps you protected from the elements. Rynning says electrification of mobility is happening everywhere and the key to electrification is downsizing, because a bigger vehicle needs a bigger battery and more charging. This downsizing will happen in combination with access and the flexibility rental and subscription models bring.