8 features to look for when buying an electric cargo bike

We need to talk about electric cargo bikes. When it comes to transporting your family, pets and goods around, they’re a total game changer! Electric cargo bikes are the E-bike you never knew you needed but won’t be able to live without. When buying a cargo E-bike, look out for these 8 features and you’ll be on to a winner.

What makes electric cargo bikes so hot?

We thought you’d never ask. Imagine shortening your travel time from A to B, with less effort than before; plus an extra boost. Now imagine getting some exercise at the same time. A cargo E-bike does exactly that - and more. Like other E-bikes, a cargo E-bike offers a comfy riding experience with all the benefits of a traditional bike plus assistance from the electric motor when you need it. If your legs need extra help to maintain speed or climb a hill, just kick in the electrical assistance and enjoy an added boost while you pedal.

Where an electric cargo bike really shines, is its ability to carry a lot more stuff with you while you ride. It’s versatile, it’s convenient, and it’s exactly what you need for the school run, weekend outings, and grocery shopping, just to name a few!

Don’t get us wrong, a normal E-bike is already more effective at helping you carry a load than a traditional bike, but a cargo E-bike takes it a step further. It increases the amount of cargo you can carry, provides better stability, and overall it makes bringing your stuff along with you on your bike that much easier.

8 features to look out for when buying an electric cargo bike:

1. Racks, Baskets, and Accessories to carry a load

Cargo E-bikes are perfect for exactly what their name suggests: taking stuff with you on the bike.
Momentum’s PAKYAK E+ comes with an integrated front basket with additional bottle bolt locations, and a rear rack to help you carry your essentials. A rear basket, a PAKYAK tote bag, and a PAKYAK pannier bag help you carry everything else you might need, whether you’re off to the shops or off on an adventure. Find out more about the PAKYAK E+’s range of accessories here.

2. A Storage Case for protecting your belongings

But what if you need *more* storage space? We’ve got you (and your belongings) covered.
Momentum’s PAKYAK E+ is equipped with a lockable storage case that can safely carry or store a wide range of items, including groceries, a laptop, an auxiliary battery, and more! And if it rains, no problem. PAKYAK E+’s storage case is totally waterproof.

3. It’s stable and easy to control

When it comes to bikes, a cargo E-bike is one of the sturdiest and most stable options out there. The PAKYAK E+ provides a comfortable ride while keeping you safe on the road. Its 24” by 2.5” wide tires provide better balance, increase comfort and stability, and are fast-rolling on different terrains. Even if a cargo E-bike is bigger than a traditional bike, it’s still easy to control. Hydraulic disc brakes with four pistons and extra thick pads make for swift, safe, and powerful braking.

4. It can reach high speed with minimum effort

Get ready for a great riding experience. Even with a heavy load, a cargo E-bike makes it easy to maintain a steady speed without exhausting your legs. For example, the PAKYAK E+ has a SyncDrive Pro motor that gives you an extra boost to keep your bike cruising. And don’t be concerned whether a cargo E-bike being larger than a normal E-bike will be more difficult to ride —the PAKYAK E+ has a Shimano Nexus Inter-5E rear hub to guarantee smooth shifting.

5. Its battery capacity lets you travel long distances

Not only can a cargo E-bike support you and provide a needed boost while carrying weight, but it can also help you go the extra mile, quite literally. The PAKYAK E+ comes with a 500Wh battery that can boost your pedaling for 35-100 miles (55-160 km) on a single charge, depending on a few factors, including the assist mode, terrain, and weight. Still not enough? You can carry an optional second 500Wh battery in the storage case, doubling your range for errands that last longer than expected.

6. Its battery recharges in just a few hours

When the battery eventually runs out of power, it just takes a quick stop before hopping back on your cargo E-bike. The EnergyPak Lithium-Ion battery comes with a 6 AMP charger, which can fully charge the bike’s battery in less than four hours. If you’re in a hurry, you don’t need to wait until it’s fully charged to start riding again. Did we mention it’s a breeze to charge? Just remove the battery, plug in the power cable, and connect the charger to the battery. That’s it!

7. It has accessories for just about anything you’ll need

As you can tell, electric cargo bikes are all about versatility and they give you countless ways to make the most out of your bike. The PAKYAK E+ has a range of accessories to make your cargo E-bike even more useful and personalized to your needs. Child seat mounts help carry your kids to school, while adding seat pads, footrests, and safety bars make their rides even more comfortable. Need to carry even more cargo on your ride? You can add a rear basket, a PAKYAK tote bag, and a PAKYAK pannier bag to help you bring everything you need on your next adventure.Learn more about PAKYAK E+ accessories.

8. Perfect solutions to bring your furry friends along for the ride

Whether you want to bring your dog with you on a leisurely weekend bike ride, or you need a convenient way to transport them from Point A to Point B, choosing the right option for your type of dog is essential for keeping them safe and comfortable, especially if you’ll be racking up some serious miles together. A cargo E-bike might be the perfect solution for bringing your dog on the bike with you. Check out our ultimate guide for finding the best options when it comes to biking with your furry friend.

What more can we say?  

Electric cargo bikes are truly a must-have. For running errands, bringing gear on your adventure, carrying your dog on your bike, or just sending your tots off to school, an e-cargo bike is the answer. Combine the versatility, eco-friendliness, and health benefits of an E-bike with the added bonus of being able to bring a load along for the ride easily. Learn more about Momentum’s PAKYAK E+ to see if a cargo E-bike is exactly what you need.