In a recent Op-Ed piece on Forbes Magazine’s website, transportation journalist Carlton Reid explores the notion that cargo bikes, not drones are the future for urban deliveries. It’s an interesting read and while mentioning Kona and our Electric Ute he does ask why the rest of the mainstream bike industry seem to be sitting this one out. We’re glad we were ahead of the curve on this, as we see this as a big part of the future of transportation.
“Support for e-cargo bikes will help to ensure that Britain leads the way in the development and deployment of the technologies of the future.”
He added: “Encouraging electric delivery bikes on to our city streets will cut traffic and improve air quality, and will show how these vehicles have the potential to play an important role in the zero-emission future of this country.”
In Germany, there are rebates of up to one-third of the retail price of e-cargo bikes. The German state of Baden-Württemberg offers a subsidy of up to €4,000 for the purchase of an e-cargo bike for commercial use.
15,000 e-cargo bikes were sold in Germany in 2016. Sales numbers for 2017 are not yet available but, anecdotally, sales are thought to have at least doubled.
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