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Electric cargo bike: carrying passengers, gear or groceries

Buying an electric cargo bike offers so many advantages! Cargo electric bikes allow you to transport heavy stuff and/or people thanks to its loading space located at the front or at the back, while offering you pedaling assistance! However, buying an electric cargo bike has a cost, so here are some tips to find the perfect match! 

Electric Cargo Bikes

Cargo e-Bikes are an excellent option for those who need to carry heavier loads but still want the convenience and sustainability of an e-bike. With their sturdy frames and powerful electric motors, electric cargo bikes can carry up to 450 pounds of cargo, making them ideal for grocery runs, deliveries and small passengers.

Upway offers a range of high-quality refurbished cargo e-Bikes that are both affordable and sustainable. Upway provides a variety of refurbished cargo e-bikes that are cost-effective and environmentally responsible. By repurposing previously used electric bikes, Upway is reducing waste and enabling individuals to opt for eco-friendly transportation alternatives at an affordable price.

What is an Electric Cargo Bike?

A cargo e-Bike is a type of electric bicycle designed for transporting goods and cargo. Unlike traditional e-bikes, cargo e-bikes have a longer wheelbase and a durable frame that can support heavy loads, making them perfect for hauling cargo like packages and groceries or transporting children. 

Cargo e-Bikes often have a large platform or basket at the front or rear of the bike for carrying cargo items. These bikes are typically heavier and slower than other e-Bikes, but they offer a practical and eco-friendly alternative to cars for short-distance transportation.

Uses for a Cargo Electric Bicycle

Cargo electric bicycles have a wide range of uses for both business owners and everyday riders. For business owners, cargo e-bikes can be used for last-mile delivery services, replacing traditional delivery vehicles and reducing carbon emissions. They can also be used for mobile businesses such as food trucks or coffee shops, providing entrepreneurs with a more sustainable and flexible option. 

For everyday riders, cargo e-Bikes are great for carrying groceries, pets or children and can replace car trips for short distances, saving money and reducing environmental impact. Cargo e-Bikes can also be used for outdoor adventures, such as camping or hiking, by carrying camping gear or equipment.

Features to Look for in a Cargo E-Bike

There are several features to consider when looking for an electric cargo bike. These include the weight of the cargo bike, its motor power and battery life and the frame's durability and design. 

Load capacity

One essential feature of a cargo e-Bike is its load capacity. Look for a bike that can handle the weight of your cargo, typically up to 450 points, without compromising safety and stability.

Motor power and battery life

The bike’s motor power and battery life will determine how far and how fast you can go. Look for a bike with a powerful motor of at least 350W to 750W and a long-lasting battery at 500 Wh to ensure you can reach your destination without recharging.

Frame and build quality

A sturdy and well-built frame is important for carrying heavy loads and ensuring the bike is stable and safe. Look for a high-quality bike made from carbon fiber, aluminum or steel and a strong frame design.


Good brakes are essential for safety, especially when carrying heavy cargo. Look for a bike with reliable and responsive hydraulic disc brakes that can handle the weight of the cargo.

Cargo features

Cargo e-Bikes come with various cargo features, such as baskets, racks and panniers. Consider which cargo features are necessary for your intended use and choose a bike with those features.


As you may be spending a significant amount of time on your bike, look for a bike with a comfortable saddle, ergonomic handlebars and adjustable seat height.

Cargo E-Bikes We Carry

Upway has an extensive selection of refurbished cargo e-bikes for sale from brands such as Riese & Müller e-bikes, Rad Power Bikes and Benno. 

Our cargo e-Bikes can support loads up to 450 lbs. and come in a range of styles from two- or three-wheel designs to models with a reinforced luggage rack instead of a cargo box. Three-wheeled models also offer enhanced stability for a safer way to ride. You can also find models that can carry multiple passengers, including children, making them an excellent eco-friendly choice for small families. 

At Upway, you’ll find cargo e-Bikes in a selection of classes, from Class I pedal-assist models that can reach up to 20 MPH to Class II throttle-assist, which provides ample power without the need to pedal. We also carry Class III pedal-assist bikes, allowing you to reach speeds up to 28 MPH. 

Find Affordable Cargo E-Bicycles at Upway

At Upway, we carry a huge range of affordable refurbished cargo e-bikes at up to 60% of the retail price of a brand-new model. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so all our bikes undergo a thorough inspection process before being approved for sale. We also offer a 1-year limited product warranty on our cargo e-bikes for your peace of mind. Before making such a purchase, it may be useful to compare the best electric cargo bikes on the market.

Explore the complete range of cargo e-bikes and biking accessories available at Upway for a cleaner, greener way to travel.