Want a compact cargo and utility e-bike that can carry a great load comfortably and pack away neatly? The Tern HSD P9 could be just the machine for you.
The HSD P9 can be folded flat to fit in a luggage compartment on a bus or train — or in the trunk of your SUV. This doesn’t make it a tiny folding e-bike, though — just compact. With a folded size of 64.2″ x 15.9″ x 33.9″, it would struggle to fit in a compact car trunk.
The rear rack can carry up to 132 lbs — ample for a small child in the optional child seat, but also more than adequate for a business’s local delivery runs to customers.
As an e-bike, it has a powerful Bosch Active Line Plus mid-drive motor and a 400 Wh in-tube battery that is all you need for most daily use, delivering up to 60 miles of range.
Reasons to Buy
When it comes to this well-thought-out compact electric utility and cargo bike, we love its long range — perfect for a full-day trip out and about in the city. Its compact design is also good if you’re limited on storage at home. It can be parked on its rear rack in a vertical position in your living room or office, well out of the way.
The easy-step frame is also great for shorter or limited mobility riders. Add in the good cargo capacity, and this could be the perfect e-bike for someone who needs help getting the groceries home.
These aspects all go together to make for a great e-bike for business or personal use.
Things to Consider
On such an excellent machine, there are very few gripes to be had short of the range. It’s plenty for most people, but it could limit a busy delivery operation in a downtown area. There are better electric cargo bikes at a similar price that have a greater range, at the expense of size and compactness.
Additionally, its weight of 56.7 lbs is on the heftier side. That could make it hard to get the bike upstairs, especially if you have extra cargo strapped on.