Eurobike's cargo hall was chock-full of outlandish e-mobility concepts, such as this crazy four-wheeled front-loader from German company Vowag.

2022 Eurobike tech gallery #8: Cargo bikes galore

by James Huang

photography by James Huang

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a huge fan of e-cargo bikes. Sure, they’re heavy and unwieldy, they’re expensive, and they’re nowhere near as maneuverable as a standard e-bike when it comes to commuting. But if you’re looking to e-bikes as a way for people to replace their automobiles, then you have to also provide a way for them to carry their kids and their stuff — and if this latest Eurobike show is any indication, the future is looking pretty bright.

One reason I’m so excited about the segment is the level of ingenuity and creativity that’s on display here. Unlike road or gravel bikes — or even mountain bikes — cargo bikes have very few restrictions in terms of what they can look like or how they’re designed. It’s oftentimes purely function-over-form here, and with so many different engineers and designers looking at the problem and needs, there are so many different solutions and ideas in play. 

Upcoming EU rules on cargo bikes may very well tamp that down a bit — perhaps for the better — but in the meantime, it’s the veritable Wild West out there, and the wealth of inventiveness can only lead to good things moving forward.

This is our last round of coverage from the 2022 Eurobike trade show, but feel free to head over to our main Eurobike page for all sorts of other goodies from this year’s event. See you next year in Frankfurt!

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