Best Cargo e-Bikes: Top 12 Electric Cargo Bikes For Your Family

July 1, 2023

The table below our top results for:
Best Cargo E-Bikes 
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Name
Price range
Score
Addmotor Grandta M-340T
$3000 & Above
91/100
0 user reviews
Addmotor GAROOTAN M-81 Cargo E-Bike Banner
$1500 to $2000
90/100
2 user reviews
M365X
$3000 & Above
89/100
0 user reviews
Cyrusher Kommoda Banner
$1500 to $2000
89/100
0 user reviews
Unbiased Rad Power RadWagon Review (Updated 2020)
$1500 to $2000
87/100
1 user reviews
Himiway Escape Pro
$1500 to $2000
87/100
0 user reviews
Hovsco Hovcart
$1500 to $2000
85/100
0 user reviews
Aventon Abound
$2000 to $3000
84/100
0 user reviews
Blix Dubbel
$2000 to $3000
84/100
0 user reviews
Himiway Big Dog Banner
$1500 to $2000
82/100
0 user reviews

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Whether your goal is to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible, get your kids used to bike commuting, or save up on gas money, the solution is simple:

Get yourself the best electric cargo bike.

Compared to a car, they are much more eco-friendly, they can be beneficial to your health, practical and relatively affordable, and they're family-friendly, too.

Pick up kids from school, haul groceries, or head out to the beach – there's not much that these bikes can't do.

We've rounded up the industry-leading options here, so read on – and take your pick!

In a hurry, after 36 hours of research we recommend:
Best for Off-Road
Cyrusher XF690 Maxs
Cyrusher XF690 Maxs

Amazing performance with 1000W motor

  • 1000 watt LKS
  • Full suspension for excellent handling and stability
  • Foldable cargo ebike
Budget Pick
Nakto Camel Beach Cruiser
NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle

Budget pick, One of the best budget cargo bikes

  • Long battery life
  • Strong and durable construction
  • Comfortable posture

If you live in a mid to large city, you’re probably well aware of how traffic can be a real pain in the ass. A single traffic jam can turn a 20-minute ride into an hour-long, stress-filled nightmare. 

Thankfully, there is an easy solution to avoiding traffic - don’t drive a car.

“But how am I going to get around town?” I hear you ask. 

That’s simple - get a cargo e-bike. With a cargo bike, you’ll be able to zoom around town while having more than enough cargo capacity for grocery store runs and even going on outdoor adventures.

Unfortunately, finding the right bike for you will be pretty difficult with so many models saturating the market.

But there’s no need to despair! We did some digging and put the best electric cargo bikes to the test – and we narrowed it down to these 12 options!


Top 12 Cargo Bikes For 2024

If you’ve been snooping around for a cargo e-bike, you might’ve stumbled on a couple of Addmotor’s models.

This company has a ton of cool bikes on offer, but for this list, we decided to go for something a bit more exotic.

Meet the Grandtan M-340T - an electric tricycle with a beastly motor, tons of range, and more cargo space than you could ever need. Oh, and it’s quite a looker.

Addmotor GRANDTAN M-340

Addmotor Grandtan M-340T

M-340T comes with a mid-drive motor that can churn out 1000 watts of power at a drop of a dime. And since it’s a mid-drive motor, you also get the added benefit of having tons of torque.

To be more precise, this bike can produce a whopping 160 Nm of torque. This means you’ll have no trouble climbing even greased-up poles if you want to. Add to that a battery that provides you with nearly 85 miles of range, and you have a recipe for the perfect cargo bike. Well, trike in this case, but you get the jist.

Editor's Choice, Best Overall Family Bike

As for lugging cargo, you get a massive rear rack and a pretty decent front rack. You have enough space for a week’s worth of groceries and then some more.

The only thing dragging this bike down is its somewhat steep price and its weight. Grandtan clocks in at a whopping 80 lbs. I sure hope you don’t have to lug this thing around, cuz’ you’ll have a hell of a bad time.

PROS

  • Super comfortable
  • Extremely durable
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Powerful motor and battery

Cons

  • Heavy
  • No rear light
  • No rear suspension

What do you get when you remove one wheel from Addmotor’s Grandtan? Well, you get the Garootan M-81 of course!

If you’re not up for riding a trike around town, then you should definitely check out this bike.

This bike comes with a pretty beefy motor that can produce 750 watts of power. Now, since it’s a rear-hub motor, it can’t produce triple-digit torque, but 80 Nm is more than enough for zooming around town. 

Addmotor GAROOTAN M-81 Cargo

Addmotor GAROOTAN M-81

Amazing 105 miles of range!

The only thing more impressive than the motor is the battery. M-81 comes with a 48V 20Ah battery that provides you with a whopping 105 miles of range.

Of course, the only way you can reach that milestone is by riding this bike on minimal pedal assist and on flat terrain. But still, even if hills and higher pedal assist eat up 25% of the battery - you still get 80 miles of range which is just ludicrous.

When it comes to cargo space, m-81 comes with a rear cargo rack that can carry up to 350 lbs of cargo. That’s more than enough for just about any situation. And if you want more cargo space, you can buy a front rack.

PROS

  • Beefy motor
  • Tons and tons of range
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Super-comfy

Cons

  • The battery takes ages to recharge
  • Almost impossible to pedal with the motor turned off

One more to go, and I swear we’re done with Addmotor bikes. Now, this e-bike really blurs the line between a bicycle and a motorbike.

What do I mean by that? 

Well, for starters, Soletri is a trike - meaning it has three wheels. On top of that, it comes with a pretty hefty motorbike seat.

And then you have those gigantic tires that’ll absorb just about all the hits and bumps coming your way.

M365X

Addmotor Soletri M-366X

If you thought the last two bikes in this list were chunky, wait until you see how much this boy clocks in. Soletri weighs just a tad under 121 lbs. Now that god damn heavy. That’s even heavier than some motorbikes.

At least you get a pretty decent 750-watt motor that can churn out around 80 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, even with all that power and torque, you’ll still have trouble climbing hills on throttle alone because this bike is heavier than a brick house.

The comfiest cargo trike out there!

Soletri also comes with a pretty beefy 48V 20Ah battery that provides around 85 miles of range. Well, more like 60 to 70 miles in real-world conditions, but that’s still pretty impressive.

And then there’s all the cargo space you could ever need. The rear rack can carry up to 350 lbs, and if that’s not enough, you can pick up a front rack as an add-on.

PROS

  • Extremely comfy
  • Decent motor
  • Superb range
  • Lots of cargo space

Cons

  • Heavy as all hell
  • The battery takes ages to recharge
M365X

Addmotor Soletri M-366X


Cyrusher has been around for only a couple of years, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the leading bike brands in the world.

How did they do it? Well, by producing some of the most excessive-looking fat tire bikes ever. 

Kommoda is a perfect example of this. For starters, the frame has a pretty striking orange and black paint job. And then you have a double suspension coupled with excessively large tires.

Add to this BaFang’s beefcake 750-watt motor that can churn out 80 Nm of torque, and you get a bike you can use for grocery runs and off-road balls-to-the-walls fun.

Cyrusher Kommoda

Cyrusher Kommoda

Insane value for your money!

The only thing that is kinda’ bringing this bike down is a somewhat lackluster battery. Cyrusher claims the  672 Wh Samsung li-ion battery on this bike can provide around 50 miles of range, but I only manage to squeeze out a measly 25. 

At least you get a pretty generous rear rack that can carry up to 350 lbs. That’s more than enough for grocery runs and off-road getaways.

PROS

  • Beefy motor
  • Double suspension
  • Pretty maneuverable for a fat-tire bike

Cons

  • Lackluster range
  • Not very comfy for riders over 6 feet

Now, we’re no strangers to Rad Power Bikes’ electric bicycles, but every time we get a chance to test one out, we’re somehow left wondering:

How do they manage to make such an amazing, feature-rich e-cargo bike at such an affordable price.

So, let’s get to the bottom of this price-to-value wonder together, shall we?

First, we'd like to talk about the sturdy and slightly oversized aluminum structure of the RadWagon. A step-through design of the frame that follows the one-size-fits-all approach looks relatively modern, practical, and, dare we say, rad – but it won’t win any beauty contests.

Unbiased Rad Power RadWagon Review (Updated 2020)

Rad Power RadWagon

Comes with a lot of practical features!

It’s designed with practicality and utility in mind. Put its integrated rear rack to work, and you can comfortably haul 120 pounds of cargo in the back.

Also, the 750-watt, direct-drive, rear-mounted brushless Shengyi hub motor allows you to choose between two modes – five pedal-assist levels and throttle. And depending on the assistance levels you may need, the 48V/672Wh battery can deliver 25 to 45 miles per charge.

It struggles on hilly terrain and doesn’t go over 20 mph, but then again, the speed feels appropriate for the bike’s 350-pound payload.

PROS

  • The 350-pound payload capacity
  • Regenerative braking activates automatically
  • Affordable but feature-rich

Cons

  • Weighs 73 pounds
  • Lack of torque visible on hills

Continuing with the trend of bikes that are more akin to motorbikes, we have the Himiway Escape Pro.

This bike is really something. Not only does it come with those signature fat tires, you also get a double suspension. So, wherever hits and bumps the tires don’t catch, the suspension surely will.

Now, since this is what you might call a cargo bike, you also get a pretty hefty front rack and a rear rack that’s more suited for driving people rather than cargo. At least you can get a basket addon for cheap.

Himiway Escape Pro Black

Himiway Escape Pro

Step over Cargo Bike

One thing that really blew me away was the 750-watt motor. This is a budget bike, it has no right to have a motor that can pull well above its weight. Thanks to its 80Nm of torque, you’ll be zooming around town and conquering hills like they’re nothing.

As is the case with most of these moped e-bikes, Escape Pro is not the most comfy if you’re over 6 feet. If you could adjust the seat, there wouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, some genius at Himiway decided that this bike would be better off with a motorbike seat instead of your good ol’ bike seat.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Decent motor
  • Fat tires

Cons

  • You can’t adjust the seat
  • Pretty heavy

Lookin’ for a cargo bike that’s more of a bike and less of a moped? Keep on reading because I have a treat for you.

Enter Hovsco Hovcart - an affordable little bike with tons of cargo space and a pretty decent motor.

This bike is the epitome of minimalism. There are no unnecessary accents, addons, or an overengineered frame. The entire bike consists of a pretty thick middle tube and not much else. Why reinvent the wheel when you can keep it simple?

The most impressive thing on this bike is definitely the motor. Hovcart comes with a 750-watt motor that can churn out around 85 Nm of torque. Although it’s chonky, clocking in at 66 lbs, the motor will zoom you to the max speed of 28 MPH in no time.

Hovsco Hovcart Frame

Hovsco Hovcart

Insane cargo capacity!

On top of that, Hovcart also comes with a beastly 48V 15Ah battery that provides around 60 miles of range. At least, that’s what Hovsco claims. After two weeks with this bike, the most range I could squeeze out was around 40 miles which is still impressive for what you might call a budget bike.

The only thing bridging this bike down is the somewhat lackluster front suspension. But that’s an OK tradeoff if you ask me.

PROS

  • Minimalistic design
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Decent motor
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Front suspension could be better
  • Battery takes a bit too long to recharge

Aventon has carved its piece of the market by producing some of the best commuters in the world. Well, with that challenge out of the way, this company set its eyes on the next milestone - producing the world’s best cargo bike.

Although they didn’t quite achieve this, they came pretty close.

Let’s start with the frame. Abound is quite the looker. You have a pretty weird-looking chainstay and rear cargo assembly, but there’s a good reason behind that design choice. You see, the chainstay is covered with panels, so the person you’re transporting doesn’t get splashed with all the gunk on the road.

Aventon Abound

Aventon Abound

Beastly motor!

As for the rear cargo rack, you have plenty of space for just about anything. And if that’s not enough, you also have a waterproof storage bag right behind the seatpost. It comes in very handy if you don’t want any of your stuff getting wet or damaged.

Abound’s 750-watt motor isn’t all that impressive, but it gets the job done. Its max speed is just 20 MPH, but that’s more than enough for getting around town relatively quickly.

Sure, you won’t be able to conquer hills like they’re nothing, but that’s fine. Controlling this bike at speeds higher than 20 MPH can be pretty difficult since it weighs a whopping 81 lbs. Thankfully, Abound comes with chunky hydraulic disc brakes that’ll get you to a full stop in just a couple of feet.

The only thing bringing this bike down is the somewhat short 50-mile range.

PROS

  • Tons of storage space
  • Comfortable
  • Lots of add-ons

Cons

  • A bit sluggish
  • Range could be better

Himiway has become a household name for high-quality, affordable fat-tire e-bikes.

And what are most fat-tire e-bikes good for? For lugging around tons of cargo of course!

Let’s start with the obvious, Big Dog is, well, big. This bad boy clocks in at 88 lbs. Thankfully, all that heft is put to good use. This bike features a frame that can withstand a nuclear blast. On top of that, it can carry up to 400 lbs of cargo.

Big Dog is powered by a relatively beefy 750-watt rear hub motor that can churn out around 80 Nm of torque. Its top speed is 25 MPH, but it will take some time for you to get to that speed because of Big Dog’s heft.

Himiway Big Dog

Himiway Big Dog

Fantastic payload capacity!

At least you’ll never run out of battery juice. This bike comes with a 48V 20Ah that provides around 80 miles of range. Well, more like 60 miles in real-world conditions, but that’s still more than double that of other bikes in the same price range.

The only thing bringing this bike down is the sluggish torque sensor. It takes a bit for the bike to figure out you want more power from the motor, which can get annoying after a while. 

PROS

  • 400 lbs max cargo capacity
  • Tons of range
  • Decent motor

Cons

  • Sluggish torque sensor
  • Meant for shorter riders

ext on our list is Cyrusher’s XF690 Max - a foldable e-bike that features a pretty generous rear rack.

Now, while this bike is okay for grocery runs, where it most shines is on an offroad trail. After all, this bike is foldable, which means you can plop it into your car’s trunk and take it anywhere.

XF690 Max features a pretty simple frame. It’s dominated by a giant middle tube that also doubles as the battery compartment. You also get a pretty generous front suspension and of course, those giant tires.

This bike is powered by a pretty capable 750-watt motor. As is the trend with most bikes in this list, this XF690 motor can churn out 80 Nm of torque with a top speed of 25 MPH. These specs are perfect for conquering even some of the more serious off-road trails.

Cyrusher XF690 Maxs

Cyrusher XF690 Maxs

Best for Off-Road!

The 48V 15Ah battery on this bike provides around 55 miles of range, but you should take that with a grain of salt. During my off-roading adventures with this bike, the most I could squeeze out was around 30 miles.

As for the cargo situation, you get a rear rack that can carry up to 200 lbs of cargo. While this might seem a bit unimpressive, you need to factor in that this bike is meant for offroading first and lugging cargo second.

PROS

  • Foldable frame design
  • Comfy for taller rides
  • Decent motor

Cons

  • Cargo space could be better
  • Heavy

11. Nakto Camel Beach Cruise

Wait, an electric cargo bike that you can afford?

Could it be? 

Well, this electric bike – a love child of a beach cruiser and a cargo bike – may prove that a decent cargo-hauling bicycle doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

We get that this may be hard to believe given the price tag that falls way beneath the $1000 mark, but this NAKTO electric cargo bicycle is far from a sketchy, cheaply-made option.

The sturdy carbon steel frame offers all the comfort of a low-step, easy-to-mount design, but with the ability to handle 250 to 300 pounds total – you included.

NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle

Nakto Camel Beach Cruise

Best budget pick!

That said, the cost-saving measures didn’t go entirely unnoticed. There are areas of its performance that will probably leave you wanting more.

The 250-watt brushless gear motor, powered by a 36V/10Ah battery, allows you to use it in two modes – with pedal assist or as an e-bike – and develop speeds of 18 to 25 mph. Depending on how you use it, you can get around 25 miles out of a single charge, which isn’t overly impressive.

Now, we’re not saying that the motor setup is terrible. But when you throw the extra cargo weight on it, the lack of power starts to rear its ugly face.

PROS

  • The cheapest e-cargo bike on the market
  • E-bike and pedal-assisted modes
  • High-strength carbon steel frame with a low-step design
  • Removable battery
  • Comes with a front-mounting basket

Cons

  • Weighs nearly 70 pounds
  • Confusing assembly instructions
  • Can feel underpowered when fully loaded
NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle

Nakto Camel Beach Cruise


FAQ

What is the best cargo bike? 

We think we've made it pretty clear who gets our vote of confidence. If you want something that could, quite literally, replace your car – without costing a small fortune, that is – go with the Yuba Electric Bike. If, on the other hand, you want the best of the best – and you're not afraid to pay for it – the Riese & Müller Load 60 is an obvious choice.

Remember, though – the best bike is the one that fits your family's needs and daily habits!

How do I choose a cargo bike?

Our advice is to start by asking yourself how you plan on using your cargo bike. Will your bicycle mostly be in charge of hauling groceries, picking up kids from school, driving your dog to the park – or maybe all of the above?

Trust us; when you narrow your search down like this, choosing the best one becomes a lot easier!

Next, you should consider all those things that would matter even if you were buying a "regular" electric bike, like the average battery life and range, the motor, and the pedal-assist levels. Lastly, because we're talking about cargo bikes here, weight is a factor, too:

You need to think about the weight of the bike itself and, more importantly, the amount of weight that it can haul around – you and your cargo included.

Why are cargo bikes so expensive?

It's true that cargo bike prices, which can range from $1000 to $8000, aren't for the faint of heart. But the thing to keep in mind – especially if you haven't bought a bike in a while – is that most bikes cost more now than when we were kids. Plus, there's this little thing called supply and demand; cargo bikes are still a niche market.

Then, when you factor in the cost of building a much more robust frame and wheels to match, and the accessories – cargo bikes tend to have tons of those, including cargo boxes, racks, kid seats, panniers, and what not – the extra costs add up quickly.

And that’s without counting in the manufacturing costs of electric assists and battery packs!

You can choose to look at it as a costly bike – or as a pretty inexpensive means of transportation compared to fuel-guzzling SUVs. It's up to you.

What is an e-cargo bike?

An electric cargo bike is, in many ways, your standard electric bike, but with a redesigned frame and the ability to haul cargo when needed. Think of it as a hybrid, an e-bike in a league of its own – more durable and more robust than most, capable of handling heavy loads, with plenty of space for you, your kids, and the groceries, but maneuverable enough to feel comfortable and secure.


After All Is Said & Done, We Recommend:

Why is it better? 

  • 1000W mid-drive motor provides more power and acceleration
  • With parking brakes, parking is safer and easier
  • With a step-through frame, suspension forks, and fat tires, the M-340T offers a comfortable ride
  • Extra Carrying Capacity (w/ front and rear baskets)
  • Differentials improve handling and stability, especially during turns
NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle

Our Budget Pick

NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle

The sturdy carbon steel frame offers all the comfort of a low-step, easy-to-mount design, but with the ability to handle 250 to 300 pounds total – you included.


Ultimately, it's about finding what works for you, and in that sense, any of these deserves the title of the best electric cargo bike.

If you're having second thoughts about getting a cargo bike, check out the best electric beach cruisers, instead!

Last update on 2024-04-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

About the author

Ruaan is an electrical engineer born in South Africa and currently working in Oslo, Norway. He loves tech and gadgets and owns an electric car (Tesla) as well a front-wheel-drive electric bike. He rides his bike all year, even through snow and ice covered roads in the cold winter.

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