Cargo E-bikes Pave the Way For Electrical Transportation

E-bikes are here to stay and it is not something to be argued with. The relevant question is to what extent will e-bikes substitute their “acoustic siblings”. Commuter bikes and e-mtb’s are undergoing an electric revolution, but it does not end there. The main goal in developing our drive system was to make not only compatible but also the most competitive drive system to all types of e-bikes. Let us explain why the Revone ONE Drive System is the powerhouse of choice for cargo e-bikes.

Challenges with Urban Environment

Unquestionably, the urban environment is changing and so is urban mobility. Private motoring leads to heavy traffic, long commuting times, wrecked nerves and pollution. Combine this with the ever-growing transportation of goods and the recipe of serious traffic jams are already brewing. Most – if not all – of city centres were not designed for the number of cars that swarm the streets. The roads and even the widest highways are often seriously undersized for the level of use they encounter daily.

Combine this with the lack of parking spots and living space in general, not to mention the poor air quality that most metropolitan areas suffer from. It is evident that alternative options for transportation need to be developed.

E-bikes offer one piece of the puzzle when it comes to commuting. It does not end there, though. The same technology can be harnessed to small-scale transportation as well. 

Pedal-driven Transportation

Bicycle-equipped courier isn’t a new invention. Pedal-driven velocipedes have been used for transportation purposes since the 1860s. A regular bicycle is well-suited for delivering letters and other small shipments, but the limits of the payload are reached rather quickly. 

The next organic step in the evolution of different bicycle types was the invention of cargo bike, or also known as the freight bicycle. First used by tradesmen to deliver mail and conveniences, like milk and bread. It is telling that in the UK, this bicycle type is sometimes referred to as a butcher’s bike or delibike.

Nowadays cargo bikes are used routinely in purposes such as:

  • Courier and delivery services in urban environments.
  • Child transport – this type of use is growing in popularity rapidly. 
  • Industrial use, ie.g. warehouse inventory transportation and tool and raw material transportation in large industrial facilities. 
  • Mail delivery – the UK post office alone operates a fleet of 33,000 bikes.

As one can see, the cargo bikes can be used in a variety of ways and they provide a competitive option to combustion engine powered means of transport, especially in short distances and small to medium payloads. 

Cargo Bikes Supercharged

Electrical assistance can literally supercharge cargo bikes. In traditional bikes, heavy loads and rolling hills will take the win over even the most dedicated courier unless he or she has the legs of a Tour de France contender or elite-level track cyclist

The continuous assistance of 250W will make the difference between a struggle on a saddle and enjoyable riding. Couple this with the high peak torque value of 90Nm which the Revonte ONE Drive System possesses. This amount of torque is enough to climb up even the steepest of hills with a respectable payload. 

Since cargo bikes are inherently heavier than traditional models, increasing battery size or even adding a second battery won’t cause any problems weight-wise. Bigger battery means more range so that one full workday can be covered with one charge. This, in turn, means more efficient transportation. 

Revonte ONE is the Powerhouse of Choice for Cargo E-bikes

Revonte ONE Drive System is the most versatile e-bike drive system around. Mid-drive unit is the best fit for all types of bicycles, including cargo bikes. Technical specifications are in the leading class and are more than enough for cargo e-bikes. Heavy industrial use is a case of its own but for everyday use, Revonte ONE Drive System is a trusty companion.

 The automatic and stepless function of the transmission is a very good fit for cargo e-bikes since it enables the rider to concentrate 100% on riding and observing the surroundings, whether it be in an urban or industrial setting. In a varied terrain with lots of hills or steep inclines, the automatic feature is particularly useful, since it prevents the rider from getting stuck because of too high gear selection. The sophisticated control software of the Revonte ONE Drive System continuously adjusts the assistance based on the inputs received from the rider and the angle of incline. 

Because of the software-first approach, the behavior of electrical assistance can be tailored according to the bike model and the type of use it’s designed for. Configuration can be done in two steps: by the bike manufacturer and lastly, by the rider. Not only can the bike manufacturer decide the ride-characteristics of the bike, but the rider is also able to fine-tune them as he or she wishes. Remote diagnostics and service recommendations are provided by the inbuilt 4G connection provides. This way, it is made sure that the bike is operational when it counts and recommended service times can be planned accordingly. The Revonte ONE Drive System is currently the only motor option to offer these features.

Cargo E-bikes provide a noteworthy option for transporting small to medium-size goods. Adding a highly-developed electrical motor to the mix quite literally supercharges the bike, giving it the ability to move heavier loads, further than before and with more convenience. 

The future of electrically-powered transportation is here and cargo e-bikes are a part of it. Don’t miss out.

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Changing Landscape of Urban Mobility

Urban mobility is reaching a critical turning point. The condensation of services and working opportunities into cities has caused a considerable increase in population density i.e. more people are living and getting by on their daily tasks in smaller areas. This poses considerable challenges to the infrastructure and how transportation is conducted. 

Luckily, the answer might be found in an invention which has a history reaching back over 200 years. Read further to learn more!

The Ever-changing Urban Environment

The modern direction of development has led to cities and urban environments that are more densely populated and constructed than ever before. Space is at a premium, as are convenient ways of moving from point A to B. This isn’t the first city-related challenge we’re facing and certainly not the last. It is intriguing though, to think how the nature of the challenges changes over time. For example, the great horse manure crisis of 1894 seems like a very far-fetched problem, but the solution that arrived in the form of a combustion engine and the automobile was hard to see beforehand. 

The days of getting by with horse carriages and using hay as the fuel of propulsion are long-gone. Nowadays, the challenges can be pinpointed into three main categories:

  • Heavy traffic and long travel times
  • Pollution
  • Lack of space

Luckily, a bicycle that is equipped with electric assistance provides a solution to the problem or at least is a considerable part of it. 

Solving the Traffic Dilemma

When population density reaches a certain limit, it is not feasible that everyone travels by their own car in a timely manner. Bottle-necks are bound to be formed in the intersections, crossroads and even 4-lane wide highways when the stream of cars is big enough.

Public transportation like subways, buses and, tram cars are one solution to the problem with their huge transportation capacity. The simple bicycle got overlooked for a long time, but fortunately, urban planning is finally catching up. Bicycles, and especially e-bikes, provide a versatile, easy to use, fast-moving and environment-friendly mode of transportation that isn’t dependent on any schedule besides the one that the rider has. 

The network of bike lanes and bike-friendly roads is growing steadily to the level that e-bikes can be the fastest way of transportation inside the city centers. The most progressive cities in this front are Copenhagen, Colorado Springs and the whole country of Netherlands. Not only might the e-bike be the fastest, but it’s a very convenient mode of transportation that is immune to traffic jams. 

Keeping the Green Values in Mind

Emissions and the pollution caused by it are a big topic at the moment since we’re living in the crucial moments of climate change. Every action to reduce emissions and pollution is warranted to keep Earth a good place to live for future generations. 

To put some numbers on the table, research conducted by the Municipality of Copenhagen concluded that cyclists can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20,000 tons a year! E-bikes have a bigger carbon footprint than the traditional bicycle, but the difference is almost trivial. Charging a standard size 600Wh battery costs around 0.093€ which means that only a trivial amount of electricity is consumed in the grand scheme of things. 

If the electric assistance tips the choice in the favor of an e-bike instead of hopping into a car, the situation is clear which option is more environment-friendly. 

No More Searching for a Parking Spot

How many times have you searched for parking space for a considerable amount of time? How many times you’ve been busy or already running late for an important appointment? Everyone can empathize with situations like these. With an e-bike, finding a parking spot is a trivial task! One parking spot can fit up to 10 e-bikes, which increases the parking capacity by several magnitudes. 

In short, bicycles fit into a small space. It is not an uncommon thing that the most forward-thinking companies offer storage space for bicycles to encourage the employees to choose the bike over a car when tackling the daily commute.

After some simple calculation, it might turn out that e-bike is a considerably faster way to commute even on long distances when the time needed for parking is added to the equation. For example, if a car ride takes 10-15 minutes, but the search for a parking spot plus the walk to the destination takes the same amount or even more time, a bike commute up to 45-minutes is justified for being just as fast.

That’s Not All Folks

The fortes of e-bikes do not end here. We haven’t even touch topics like cargo bikes, the potential of shared economies and rental bike fleets, which are topics for later discussions. 

E-bikes are an important ingredient in solving the challenges that the modern urban environment poses at us. To summarize, e-bikes bring the following benefits:

  • Daily commute is a fun event instead of a stress-laden chore!
  • Parking is a trivial task!
  • Environment-friendly mode of transportation.
  • Suitable for all fitness levels and ages. 
  • No sweat since electric assistance flattens the uphills. 
  • Fast(est) way of transportation inside city centers.

Will the current times be remembered as the traffic jam crisis of 2020? And will e-bikes come to rescue us? Only time will tell, but we are doing our best to make e-bikes a more viable option than ever before.