eCargo bikes are an ecofriendly alternative to petrol and diesel transportation. An eCargo bike is simply a cargo bike with the addition of an electric motor, specifically designed to carry a load from A to B with zero tailpipe emissions. Watch our video to learn more.
These days, almost anything can be delivered to your doorstep. With more delivery vehicles on the road, traffic congestion increases and can negatively impact air quality. Bicycles and eCargo bikes, are a great alternative to using petrol and diesel transportation, and are becoming a popular choice for businesses across the UK.
eCargo bikes have a lower upfront cost compared to cars and vans and have lower running costs as charging them with electricity is cheaper than petrol and diesel. eCargo bikes also take up less road-space than conventional vehicles, and can take shorter, faster routes by using cycle and bus lanes, being wheeled through pedestrianised areas, or moving through standstill traffic.
What is an ecargo bike?
Why choose an ecargo bike?
eCargo bikes are an efficient method for transporting cargo and making last mile deliveries. There are numerous advantages to making the switch, including lower upfront costs, reduced traffic congestion, a healthier workforce and cleaner air. Insurance, maintenance and repair costs also all come up significantly cheaper, too.
Watch our video to learn more.
Support for ecargo bikes in Scotland
The eCargo Bike Grant Fund in England
The eCargo Bike Grant Fund , now closed, encouraged the uptake of eCargo bikes to support sustainable active business travel. £400,000 was made available by the Department for Transport for the acquisition of eCargo bikes, later increased by an additional £300,000 due to its success.
The fund was extremely popular among small businesses and sole traders, giving them an opportunity to introduce eCargo bikes into their everyday operations.
Find out more about the recipients of the eCargo Bike Grant Fund local authority scheme.
eCargo Bike Grant Fund testimonials
Mungo Morgan, MAN MAID
“Energy Saving Trust helped get my business off the ground by providing a grant towards three electric cargo tricycles.
MAN MAID’s handy people travel around SW London providing handyman services to home owners.
Purchase price is much less than anticipated, operating costs are cheaper, we keep fit and we still arrive on time.”
Shane Topley, Hammersmith Heating Ltd
‘’An absolutely fantastic way of efficiently moving myself and my tools around London.
eCargo bikes have become a major percentage of my travel time cutting my van use by up to 95%…. (that’s not a typo).’’
Irina Ruseva, Flour & Soul Bakery
“We have been affected by rising costs, but nowhere near where we could have been if used a car or a van. Doing deliveries via eCargo bike means we never have to think about parking or traffic.
This includes reducing noise and pollution on local roads and having a business model more resilient towards fluctuations in fuel prices.”
eCargo bike FAQs
eCargo bike factsheets
Start your transition to eCargo bikes with our factsheets on calculating the savings from making the switch and an overview of the different types of bikes available.
eCargo bike engagement webinars
We’ve been hosting webinars with businesses and local authorities to showcase the benefits of ecargo bikes.
Past webinars are available to view on demand:
Box Bike DeliveryBox Bike Delivery took advantage of Energy Saving Trust’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund to purchase an ecargo bike and an ecargo trailer. Case study
Sies PetcareA case study on delivering sustainable transport in animal care using ecargo bikes. Case study
EcofleetThe London-based start-up provides efficient delivery services that beat the traffic, reduce pollution and cut the number of cars and vans on the road. Case study
Peloton LiverpoolThe social enterprise aims to deliver a better cycling experience to all through skills development programmes. Case study
Ride CleanThe company was created in 2017 to deliver clean bikes for clean travel, offering its services to offices, cycling hubs, cafes and houses. Case study
Mid Sussex Electrical LtdA case study on the UK’s first electrical contractor to adopt an ecargo bike. Case study
Cycling Coach ServicesA case study on Jason Falconer's experience of using ecargo bikes to teach cycling and orienteering across Dorset. Case study
The Cycling SparksAaron Fleming-Saheed, an electrician from South East London, switched from using a van and public transport to a more sustainable option. Case study
Brighton GinBrighton Gin implemented ecargo bikes as part of the Brighton ecargo bike accelerator project. Case study
Brighton and Hove City Council Post RoomBrighton and Hove City Council Post Room services delivered by ecargo bikes. Case study
Brighton and Hove Council Communities, Equality and Third-Sector TeamCentral community support delivered by ecargo bikes. Case study
Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operativeBrighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo), implemented the use of ecargo bikes for home visits across Sussex. Case study
Mittens Plumbing, Heating and Bathroom DesignBased in Brighton and Hove, Mittens implemented ecargo bikes for central site visits. Case study
Zedify ecargo bikesZedify expanded their operations with a clean and efficient delivery service using ecargo bikes. Case study
Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough CouncilImplementing ecargo bikes in Lewes and Eastbourne to support social enterprises. Case study
Emmanuel Caribbean TakeawayDelivering Caribbean and Jamaican food by ecargo bike. Case study
Southampton City Council’s ecargo bikesSouthampton City Council loaned out bikes to a number of local businesses, aiming to improve air quality in the city. Case study
IanDecor’s ecargo bikeFind out how Ian Conway, a painter and decorator, switched out his diesel van for an ecargo bike to travel to and from sites with equipment. Case study
eCargo bikes at UK Electric Bike CentreUK Electric Bike Centre started offering electric bikes for customers to use on its tours and went on to sell them too. Case study
Sustainable waste collection with St NicksFriends of St Nicholas Fields received eCargo Bike Grant Funding to buy two ecargo bikes for efficient and sustainable waste collection. Case study
Santis Global ecargo bikesFind out how Santis Global received ecargo bike grant funding to start its sustainability journey. Case study
Stratford-upon-Avon District CouncilOffering ecargo bikes to small, local businesses demonstrating sustainable, cost-effective and efficient solutions. Case study
London Borough of HackneySupporting local businesses and residents in Hackney to reduce transport emissions with the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) using ecargo bikes.
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