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Choosing ecargo bikes for your organisation

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?

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.

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

ebike grant fund

Fund to cover the cost of ebikes, etrikes, ecargo bikes, cargo bikes and trailers, tandems, adapted cycles and trikes.

ebike loan

The ebike Loan is funded by Transport Scotland and can help you purchase a new electric bike, including cargo and adapted cycles.

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

  • 01

    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.”

  • 02

    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).’’

  • 03

    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:

Case studies

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Box Bike Delivery Case study

Box Bike Delivery

Box Bike Delivery took advantage of Energy Saving Trust’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund to purchase an ecargo bike and an ecargo trailer.
Sies Petcare Case study

Sies Petcare

A case study on delivering sustainable transport in animal care using ecargo bikes.
Ecofleet Case study


The 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.
Peloton Liverpool Case study

Peloton Liverpool

The social enterprise aims to deliver a better cycling experience to all through skills development programmes.
Ride Clean Case study

Ride Clean

The company was created in 2017 to deliver clean bikes for clean travel, offering its services to offices, cycling hubs, cafes and houses.
Mid Sussex Electrical Ltd Case study

Mid Sussex Electrical Ltd

A case study on the UK’s first electrical contractor to adopt an ecargo bike.
Cycling Coach Services Case study

Cycling Coach Services

A case study on Jason Falconer's experience of using ecargo bikes to teach cycling and orienteering across Dorset.
The Cycling Sparks Case study

The Cycling Sparks

Aaron Fleming-Saheed, an electrician from South East London, switched from using a van and public transport to a more sustainable option.
Brighton Gin Case study

Brighton Gin

Brighton Gin implemented ecargo bikes as part of the Brighton ecargo bike accelerator project.
Brighton and Hove City Council Case study

Brighton and Hove City Council Post Room

Brighton and Hove City Council Post Room services delivered by ecargo bikes.
Brighton and Hove Council Case study

Brighton and Hove Council Communities, Equality and Third-Sector Team

Central community support delivered by ecargo bikes.
BHESCo Case study

Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative

Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo), implemented the use of ecargo bikes for home visits across Sussex.
Mittens Plumbing and Heating Case study

Mittens Plumbing, Heating and Bathroom Design

Based in Brighton and Hove, Mittens implemented ecargo bikes for central site visits.
Zedify Case study

Zedify ecargo bikes

Zedify expanded their operations with a clean and efficient delivery service using ecargo bikes.
Lewes and Eastbourne Council Case study

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Implementing ecargo bikes in Lewes and Eastbourne to support social enterprises.
Emmanuel Caribbean Takeaway Case study

Emmanuel Caribbean Takeaway

Delivering Caribbean and Jamaican food by ecargo bike.
Southampton City Council Case study

Southampton City Council’s ecargo bikes

Southampton City Council loaned out bikes to a number of local businesses, aiming to improve air quality in the city.
Case study

IanDecor’s ecargo bike

Find 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.
UK Electric Bike Centre Case study

eCargo bikes at UK Electric Bike Centre

UK Electric Bike Centre started offering electric bikes for customers to use on its tours and went on to sell them too.
Friends of St Nicholas Fields Case study

Sustainable waste collection with St Nicks

Friends of St Nicholas Fields received eCargo Bike Grant Funding to buy two ecargo bikes for efficient and sustainable waste collection.
Santis Global Case study

Santis Global ecargo bikes

Find out how Santis Global received ecargo bike grant funding to start its sustainability journey.
Stratford-upon-Avon District Council Case study

Stratford-upon-Avon District Council

Offering ecargo bikes to small, local businesses demonstrating sustainable, cost-effective and efficient solutions.
London Borough of Hackney Case study

London Borough of Hackney

Supporting local businesses and residents in Hackney to reduce transport emissions with the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) using ecargo bikes.

Last updated: 17 April 2023