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Powered Payloads: Exploring the Best Cargo E-Bikes of 2024

Ready to ditch the car chaos and rediscover the joy of cycling with a cargo e-bike? With our curated selection of top cargo e-bikes, effortlessly carry everything from the kids' backpacks to groceries and transform your errands into adventures! Whether you need to navigate the city streets or do some light off-roading, find the perfect electric hauling companion. Your ultimate cargo e-bike awaits!
robb dorr
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Robb Dorr,
Co-founder
Taylor Moon
By
Taylor Moon,
Contributing Editor
Best Cargo E-Bike
Xtracycle Swoop

Xtracycle Swoop

Class 1, 500W Mid-drive
Best Cargo E-Bike
Massive 470 lbs payload capacity
Sturdy lightweight 4130 Chromoly steel frame
Shimano EP8 mid-drive motor for efficient pedaling and range
Unlimited cargo configurations to haul just about anything
Best Fat-Tire Cargo E-Bike
Lectric XPedition Cargo

Lectric XPedition Cargo

Class 2, 750W Rear Hub
Best Fat-Tire Cargo E-Bike
Max capacity of 450 lbs means you can haul tons of gear
Dual-battery setup available will help extend your range
Lectric offers a ton of cargo accessories to perfect your cargo needs
Get a car replacement without breaking the bank
Best Budget Cargo E-bike
RadWagon 4

RadWagon 4

Class 2, 750W Rear Hub
Best Budget Cargo E-bike
Super affordable at under $2,000
Impressive 350 lbs hauling capacity
Great option for families looking to ride together
750W motor is plenty of juice to get you rolling
Sponsors keep us charged up

How We Review Electric Cargo Bikes

We don’t just sit in an office theorizing about e-bikes; we hit the road (or trail, if the bike calls for it) to put these cargo packers through their paces. Forget standardized tests — our cargo e-bike evaluations involve real-world challenges like checking if the integrated racks can handle the groceries, the kids’ soccer gear, and maybe even a surprise package from your online shopping spree.

Our hill climb and braking tests aren’t just about the slopes and stops; they’re about tackling those unexpected inclines with an actual cargo load and ensuring the electric pack mule will stop when needed.

We go the extra mile (or a few) with our range tests to ensure your cargo e-bike isn’t running out of juice when searching for the perfect iced latte or the ideal picnic spot.

In rare cases where we can’t lay our hands on a real-life e-bike model (blame delivery delays or other e-bike conspiracies), our crack research team jumps into action. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill researchers; they’re e-bike enthusiasts with a knack for finding the most reliable info, ensuring our cargo e-bike reviews are as trustworthy as grandma’s apple pie recipe.

Curious about our team and how we do what we do? Learn more about the faces behind our e-bike fever and our methods.

Reviews of the Best Cargo E-Bikes of 2024

Somewhere below, you’ll find your perfect new partner in crime, one that not only doesn’t mind shouldering your burdens but’s practically begging for it. Brace yourselves.

Best Electric Cargo Bike

Xtracycle Swoop

by Xtracycle
4.7
4.7
Rating
Class 1
Class
60 mi.
Range
500W Mid-drive
Motor

What We Like

  • This bike can carry a whopping 470 lbs – perfect for hauling your entire clan or a week's worth of groceries
  • Crafted from 4130 Chromoly steel, this bike is unbelievably stable
  • Unique wheel setup to allow for a massive rear rack – it's the pickup truck of e-bikes
  • Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power, essential for a cargo bike capable of hauling this kind of weight
  • Cargo accessories such as the PorterRack, PorterPack, or Longtail Hooptie help conquer almost any hauling situation you can dream up

What We Don't Like

  • Comes with a hefty price tag of around $5,000
  • The 10-hour average charge time may cramp your spontaneous style, plan accordingly

Overview of the Xtracycle Swoop

With a Herculean carrying capacity of 470 lbs, it’s a monster of a cargo bike. Crafted from the kind of steel that is light and extremely durable (4130 Chromoly, to be exact), and ensures your ride is always stable, even if you’re hauling a small circus.

The mighty Shimano EP8 mid-drive motor is the master of smooth rides, offering three assist levels. And, the Swoop’s unique wheel setup – 26 inches up front and 20 inches at the back – gives room for a colossal rear rack.

Safety isn’t an afterthought either, thanks to the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, ensuring you can stop on a dime even if you’re playing delivery guy for the day. Available accessories like the PorterRack, PorterPack, and Longtail Hooptie make the Swoop an absolute cargo-hauling beast.

Bottom Line

The Xtracycle Swoop is the cargo-hauling hero you deserve. Sure, the price might make you wince, but with its extreme carrying capacity, unyielding construction, and thoughtful design, it’s an investment in a new era of adventures for your whole family. If you’re ready to redefine your e-biking experience, the Xtracycle Swoop is your path to cargo-carrying greatness.

Best Folding Electric Cargo Bike

Flyer™ Folding Cargo E-Bike

by Flyer™ by Radio Flyer
4
4
Rating
Class 2
Class
40 mi.
Range
350W Rear Hub
Motor

What We Like

  • Folds up neatly when you need to store it or take it on the road with you
  • Offers versatility with a ton of accessories, making it a super-flexible cargo hauler
  • Sturdy, foldable aluminum frame is made to last
  • Telescoping stem and seatpost can accommodate many different rider heights
  • Max capacity of 300 lbs, great for carrying the kiddo or even a week's worth of groceries

What We Don't Like

  • No ability to switch gears to help you pedal uphill – so keep it away from those Everest-like inclines
  • Style may be a little underwhelming for some, definitely a more practical bike

Overview of the Flyer™ Folding Cargo E-Bike

Meet the Flyer™ Folding Cargo E-Bike – where folding meets cargo-hauling practicality. This e-bike folds with style and can fit nicely into the back of an SUV, ready to pop out and steal the show at the campsite.

Crafted with a frame that’s stouter than the darkest coffee known to man, every ride on the Flyer™ Folding Cargo E-Bike is stable, durable, and reliable. The telescoping stem and seatpost help riders of all heights experience a custom-tailored and comfortable ride.

Customize with a wide variety of available accessories. The integrated rear rack becomes the canvas for your cargo-hauling dreams, whether it’s the kids, groceries, camping gear, or whatever floats your boat.

Packing a 350W brushless rear-hub motor – which is admittedly not the Hulk, but it’ll get you places with a grin. While it might not conquer mountains, it captures hearts with a clever cutout for an optional GPS tracking device, so your Flyer™ remains forever yours.

Assembling this e-bike is so easy you’ll think you missed a step. (Spoiler alert: you didn’t). It’s like building a sandwich – simple and satisfying.

Bottom Line

Folding like a pro, hauling cargo with flair, and assembling with unmatched ease – the Flyer™ Folding Cargo takes practicality and injects it with steroids. While it might not scale mountains, it’ll haul almost anything, fold down in seconds, and fit into whatever lifestyle you lead. Radio Flyer® has created an e-bike that doesn’t just move; it grooves.

Get ready for a ride that’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys with the Flyer™ Folding Cargo E-Bike.

Best Long-Range Electric Cargo Bike

Tern GSD S10

by Tern
4.9
4.9
Rating
Class 1
Class
120 mi.
Range
250W Mid-drive
Motor

What We Like

  • Max capacity of 440 lbs and a frame-integrated rack that can handle up to 220 lbs
  • The dual-battery version offers a claimed range of 150 miles
  • Bosch CargoLine mid-drive motor delivers a substantial 85 Nm of torque, giving a powerful and efficient ride even under a heavy load
  • Equipped with high-quality components, the GSD S10 is built to withstand high-mileage use

What We Don't Like

  • Weighing in at 74 lbs, the GSD S10 may pose a challenge if the bike needs to be lifted often
  • While the GSD S10 contributes to better battery efficiency, it lacks a throttle option, so riders will need to pedal

Overview of the Tern GSD S10

The Tern GSD S10 is a goliath in the world of long-range cargo e-bikes, offering exceptional payload capacity, range for days, and super-smart security features. Designed for business use, delivery services, or even families looking for an additional form of transport, this e-bike is a total car killer with its ability to carry up to 220 lbs on the integrated rear rack.

The Bosch CargoLine mid-drive motor provides a snappy 85 Nm of torque, ensuring a quick start even on challenging terrain. The option for dual batteries greatly enhances the range, making it a practical choice for extensive everyday use.

The GSD S10 prioritizes durability with components designed for high mileage. The Magura MT5 eStop hydraulic brakes offer reliable stopping power, and the integrated security features, including a locking kickstand and ABUS lock, provide peace of mind against any shady individuals who wish to part you from your new pride and joy.

Bottom Line

If you own a business aiming to reduce carbon emissions or your family is seeking a car alternative, the Tern GSD S10 is a top choice. While its weight may be a consideration, the e-bike’s impressive payload capacity, dual-battery option, and solid construction make it a reliable and efficient long-range cargo solution. With Tern’s commitment to durability and practicality, the GSD S10 offers to be your loyal servant for many years.

RUNNER-UP

Himiway Big Dog

himiway-big-dog
4.3
4.3
Rating
Out of Class
Class
750 W Rear Hub
Motor

The Himiway Big Dog secures its place as the runner-up for the Best Long-Range Cargo E-Bike, closely trailing the Tern GSD S10. Boasting an impressive 80-mile range, the Big Dog distinguishes itself with a robust 750W rear hub motor, a durable 6061 aluminum frame accommodating a substantial 400-lb load, and versatile 20″x4″ Kenda fat tires suitable for varied terrains.

It offers an excellent value and is an outstanding choice for extensive biking trips, all-terrain adventures, urban commuting, and efficient cargo transport. While it may lack the sleek aesthetics of some models, it makes up for that with its emphasis on functionality, extended battery life, step-thru frame, and user-friendly LCD display. Hop on a Big Dog today and see what the fuss is about!

Best Fat-Tire Cargo E-Bike

Lectric XPedition Cargo

by Lectric
4.5
4.5
Rating
Class 2
Class
150 mi.
Range
750W Rear Hub
Motor

What We Like

  • Competitively priced without compromising on features
  • Max capacity of 450 lbs makes the XPedition Cargo ideal for family use, deliveries, or utility riding
  • The dual-battery version provides a claimed range of 150 miles, making it a great option for a second car replacement
  • The quick adjustability of the stem and saddle accommodates riders of various sizes, great for shared-use scenarios

What We Don't Like

  • When used on throttle alone it can consume the battery life quickly
  • No big-name brand components which may affect long-term durability
  • The claimed 150-mile range may be true with the dual battery setup, but real-world performance may vary based on terrain, payload, and riding conditions

Overview of the Lectric XPedition Cargo

The Lectric XPedition Cargo disrupts the e-cargo bike market with its unbeatable affordability, offering a robust and practical solution for families and businesses. Priced at $1,699, even for the dual-battery version, it admirably competes with its much more expensive counterparts, providing a long-wheelbase cargo bike with a mighty payload capacity that holds its own against industry leaders.

As a car or minivan alternative, this e-bike crushes it, especially for local deliveries, family use, or utility riding. The dual-battery option enhances its range, which makes it a highly cost-effective and environmentally friendly choice.

From the moment you place your backside in the saddle of the XPedition Cargo, it’s clear that it prioritizes comfort with an upright city bike position, adjustable stem, and an option to upgrade to an even wider, more comfortable saddle. Not to mention its fat tires that help absorb bumps while providing a reassuring grip in all sorts of conditions.

Despite minor considerations, such as battery usage on throttle alone and non-branded components, the Lectric XPedition Cargo remains an eye-opener in the electric cargo bike space, challenging the status quo with its impressive features at an irresistible price point.

Bottom Line

If you’re seeking an affordable yet powerful entry into the e-cargo bike domain, the Lectric XPedition Cargo is a compelling choice. Whether you’re a family looking to ditch the second car or a delivery business aiming for cost-effective and eco-friendly transportation, this e-bike delivers on its promise. With noteworthy payload capacity, long-range capabilities, and practical features, the XPedition Cargo makes a strong case as a reliable and budget-friendly fat-tire cargo e-bike.

Best Front-Loading Cargo E-Bike

TREK Fetch+ 4

by Trek
4.8
4.8
Rating
Class 1
Class
30 mi.
Range
250W Mid-drive
Motor

What We Like

  • The front cargo box with a 160 lbs capacity adapts to nearly any cargo need
  • With specially designed seats and a four-point harness, you can easily and safely transport your little rascals
  • A stout aluminum frame provides an unmatched level of riding stability.
  • The Bosch motor provides a nearly silent ride, while the 750Wh battery offers up a respectable range of 30 miles

What We Don't Like

  • Weighing in at 165 lbs, it's one of the heaviest e-bikes on the market
  • The front wheel likes to hide behind the cargo box, can’t see it while riding
  • For shorter riders, the Fetch+ 4 can be a bit of a handful

Overview of the TREK Fetch+ 4

TREK Fetch+ 4 is designed for urban warriors, this bike takes on the city with style and functionality. The cargo box isn’t just a box; it’s more of a magical contraption that can transport everything you need, from groceries to giggling toddlers.

The bike’s quality is not just skin-deep. The Bosch motor and the 750Wh battery silently power your urban adventures for a very respectable 30 miles of range. And, considering this bike’s weight and carrying capacity, that deserves a tip of the hat!

Sure, it’s not feather-light, but who needs feathers when you’ve got muscle? The Fetch+ 4 is your heavyweight companion, ready to take on the urban jungle. The Fetch+ 4 is a statement that says, “Bring it on, I’m here to haul!”

Bottom Line

The TREK Fetch+ 4 is a total lifestyle upgrade. If you’re ready to trade traffic jams for a cargo jam and mundane commutes for unforgettable adventures, this bike is your ticket. With its build full of muscles, versatile cargo configurations, and the Bosch motor’s silent hum, the Fetch+ 4 is your urban sidekick, here to make every ride memorable.

While this bike may not be 100 percent suitable for all riders due to its overall size and weight, our final word on the matter is: If you can handle it, you should! This bike is unique, reliable, and simply a blast to ride.

Time to upgrade your commute – and your cargo game, with the TREK Fetch+ 4!

RUNNER-UP

Riese & Müller Load 75

riese-muller-load-75
5
5
Rating
Class 1
Class
250 W Mid-drive
Motor

The Riese & Müller Load 75 is a truly remarkable electric cargo bike that can absolutely replace the need for a family car in many scenarios. With a huge payload capacity of 440 lbs across all six models, dual suspension, safety features including powerful lights and cargo brakes, the Load 75 ensures a versatile and plush riding experience. Its range of 100 miles, top speed of 28 mph, and 6-hour charge time only add to its appeal and practicality.

However, the Riese & Müller Load 75 faces stiff competition and takes the runner-up spot primarily due to its extremely high price point (you can get a quality used compact car for around the same price).

While offering unparalleled engineering, reliability, and customization options, the steep cost might deter potential buyers, especially when considering other capable electric bikes available at a more budget-friendly range (live the above-mentioned TREK Fetch+ 4).

Best Budget Cargo E-Bike

RadWagon 4

by Rad Power Bikes
4.1
4.1
Rating
Class 2
Class
45 mi.
Range
750W Rear Hub
Motor

What We Like

  • Affordable electric cargo bike starting at just under $2,000
  • Customizable long-frame design allows for optional extras for nearly any need
  • Impressive payload capacity of 350 lbs
  • Swappable battery, so you don’t have to wait to charge between rides

What We Don't Like

  • The weight of 76.7 lbs, makes it less portable and tougher to store in small spaces
  • Limited suitability for hilly terrain without motor assistance
  • The “one-size-fits-all” design may be less comfortable for riders on the extreme ends of the height spectrum

Overview of the RadWagon 4

The Rad Power Bikes RadWagon 4 is a budget-friendly way to snatch an electric cargo bike that offers both versatility and functionality. With a mighty 750W rear hub motor and a formidable 672 Wh battery, this cargo bike can handle your daily hauling needs.

Designed to carry mid-to-large-sized loads, the RadWagon 4 is a workhorse for businesses and families alike. Its aluminum frame, though on the heavier side is durable, stable, and supports a generous payload capacity of 350 lbs.

The ergonomic design of the RadWagon 4 accommodates riders between 5’1” and 6’4”, providing a super-comfy riding position with an adjustable seat height and handlebars. Fluffy 3” tires on 22-inch wheels compensate for the absence of a suspension fork, giving a smooth ride over many different terrains.

A 7-speed analog drivetrain makes climbs manageable and offers a decent top speed of 25 mph, while the backlit LCD display keeps you up to date on important riding metrics such as battery level and speed.

Despite some drawbacks, such as the bike’s hefty weight and limited ability to tackle challenging hill climbs without motor assistance, the RadWagon 4 is a practical and cost-effective solution for cargo transportation.

Bottom Line

The RadWagon 4 is a budget cargo e-bike that makes zero compromises on utility. With an extremely strong build, an impressive payload capacity, and a variety of customizable options, it’s a compelling choice to embrace the e-cargo lifestyle without draining the bank account.

While not without its limitations, the RadWagon 4 is a reliable and accessible option to get you on the e-cargo cycling train. Hop on board; it’s awesome here!

RUNNER-UP

Radio Flyer L885

flyer-l885
3.5
3.5
Rating
Class 2
Class
500 W Rear Hub
Motor

The Flyer™ L885 is a budget-friendly cargo e-bike, delivering practicality with a 40-mile range, 20 mph top speed, and 10-hour charge time. Its 500W rear hub motor, fueled by a 48V 15Ah battery, helps to conquer hills and carry heavy loads. Additionally, the unique “mullet” wheel setup enhances its stability, especially while hauling heavy loads on the rear rack.

However, the RadWagon 4 outperforms the Flyer™ L885 in essential aspects such as longer range, higher top speed, and shorter charge time. Additionally, the RadWagon 4 boasts a reputation for durability, a stylish design, and a more comprehensive set of accessories.

Nevertheless, the Flyer™ L885 is a fantastic choice if you’re looking to get a quality cargo e-bike without selling your firstborn child.

Best Cargo E-Bike For Seniors

Rad Power RadTrike

by Rad Power Bikes
4.4
4.4
Rating
Class 2
Class
30 mi.
Range
750W Front Hub
Motor

What We Like

  • Three-wheel design ensures solid stability, perfect for those with balance concerns
  • Low-step frame makes hopping on and off a breeze
  • At just $1,299, it’s a wallet-friendly entry into the world of three-wheeled e-bikes
  • Impressive 325 lbs payload capacity is perfect for shopping sprees or taking the grandkid out on a joyride
  • Convenient foldable design adds versatility for storage and transport

What We Don't Like

  • It tends to lean into curves at higher speeds that might take some getting used to
  • It’s on the heavier side, so if you’re lifting it into your SUV’s trunk you may need some help

Overview of the RadTrike

Meet the Rad Power RadTrike, the e-trike on a mission to make mobility easy, functional, fun, and accessible. With a stable three-wheel design, getting on is a cinch thanks to the low-step frame — perfect for seniors and anyone who struggles with typical bike mounts.

But don’t be fooled by the ease; this trike means business. It can carry over 400 lbs (including the rider), turning mundane tasks like shopping or family rides into adventures. Powered by a gutsy 750W front-hub motor with a half-twist throttle, hills become child’s play, promising a smooth and carefree cruise.

Sure, it lacks a pedal gear system, but who needs it when you’ve got a plush saddle, a backrest, an upright riding position, and 18” x 2.25” Kenda tires to make the ride comfy as those sweatpants you bought back in 2004?

Of course, there are quirks — the trike leans into curves, requiring a bit of finesse, and a heavy hand on the throttle might spin the front wheel. But these are small prices to pay for the freedom the RadTrike can bring to your life.

Bottom Line

The RadTrike isn’t your average e-bike; it’s a cargo-hauling hero designed with seniors in mind, seeking more than just a way to get from point A to point B.

With impressive stability, a roomy payload capacity, and the added perk of foldability, this trike is tailor-made to venture beyond the ordinary.

Despite a few quirks in handling corners and the overall weight, the RadTrike emerges as a stylish and dependable choice, transforming the experience with a cargo-carrying flair for seniors who crave practicality and greater freedom.

What to Look for When Shopping for Electric Cargo Bikes

Let’s be real — the challenge of hauling life’s necessities from one point to another is undeniable. Regardless of the distance, whether managing work essentials, school bags, or an unexpected grocery run, it’s an inconvenience.

Picture this game-changing solution: an e-bike that can transport your family and belongings without breaking a sweat. That’s what these bikes were born to do! Whether you’re a seasoned e-bike enthusiast or just stepping into the electric wheel space, here’s the scoop on what to consider when hunting for your ideal cargo e-bike.

Because who wouldn’t be up for a ride that seamlessly carries you and your cargo? That’s something we can all get behind.

Cargo Capacity

  • Begin by ensuring your cargo e-bike provides the necessary storage space. Check the payload capacity the manufacturer specifies.
  • Examine the bike’s balance and stability under load, such as frame design, wheelbase length, and weight distribution. This holistic evaluation guarantees your cargo e-bike offers more than just capacity, focusing on delivering a smooth, controlled ride when fully loaded.
  • Explore the storage options, including front and rear racks, cargo area size and shape, and panniers and baskets. Consider whether you need to transport items or accommodate passengers, with some bikes offering cargo box seating for kids.

Comfort and Safety Features

  • Despite their bulkier appearance, cargo e-bikes can be incredibly comfortable. Pay attention to the e-bike’s seating options, checking if the saddle and additional seats for kids are adequately padded.
  • Assess the suspension system; full suspension systems will always contribute to a much smoother ride.
  • Zero in on the safety features, especially when carrying children. Ensure the bike includes high-performance brakes, durable tires, and solid lights for optimal control and safety. A seat belt adds an extra layer of security for children’s seats.

Motor and Battery

  • For cargo e-bikes, a motor with a minimum of 500 watts is generally recommended, especially when carrying a heavier load.
  • Consider the e-bike classes: Class 1 for pedal-assist up to 20 mph, Class 2 for throttle-assist up to 20 mph, and Class 3 for pedal-assist up to 28 mph.
  • The cargo’s weight impacts the e-bike’s handling, where torque is crucial in ensuring smooth uphill climbs and swift accelerations, even with heavy loads.
  • Evaluate the battery’s estimated range, considering your typical round-trip distance. If, for instance, your routine covers 40 miles, opt for a battery offering at least a 50-mile range to ensure an extra 10-mile cushion.
  • Factor in the battery’s charging duration. A faster-charging battery can benefit those who engage in multiple errands around town, providing convenience and efficiency.

In the end, the choice is yours to make. Only you can determine what matters most to you. Consider the above factors, and seize the foldable electric bike of your dreams!

Keep those wheels turning!

Guides to Help You Learn More

Are you wanting to learn more about electric cargo bikes or e-bikes in general? We love that! Check out these guides and resources that will help expand your understanding of these electric beauties.

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robb dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started eBikes.org to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.
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Edited by Taylor Moon
Contributing Editor
Taylor Moon is a seasoned editor and content marketer with a diverse background spanning journalism, entertainment, travel, B2B SaaS, technology, and digital and creative marketing. Outside of her professional realm, she cherishes moments with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, drawing inspiration from both her work and family life.
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