CERO Launches Electric Cargo Bike in Aim to Make Car-Free Living

Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are 10 to 20 times more efficient than a car, but many lack the convenience of cargo space. Not this bike! This e-bike provides you with so much storage, you won’t miss your car.

Created by Kiyoshi Iwai, an environmentalist and surfer in Los Angeles. This compact electric cargo bike was designed to move both people and goods using a modular cargo rack system that has 12 different configurations. There are three sturdy aluminum baskets mount on both front and read racks, and the rear rack is also prepped for a Yepp Maxi Child Seat. This bike is strong, it can haul 300 pounds, all without the large front or rear boxes common on other cargo bikes.

“Our goal was to design and build a modern version of the Japanese ‘Mamachari’: a practical utility bike that could be used by almost anyone as a replacement for a car in their daily lives,” said CERO‘s founder, Kiyoshi Iwai, who moved to California from his native Japan over two decades ago.

“The CERO One allows urban dwellers to do almost anything they’d do in a car, but more quickly and efficiently thanks to a powerful electric motor and a wide range of accessories that make CERO One perfect for moving almost anything. I even take my surfboard to the beach near our office in Santa Monica with the CERO One.”

The CERO One utilizes a pedal assist electric motor that allows you to ride faster—up to 20 mph—with less effort. A new-generation Shimano 504Wh battery keeps the CERO One moving up to 93 miles on a single charge. Even in the bike’s fastest modes CERO says that you should be able to travel at least 44 miles before needing to plug in again.

To charge the bike, just plug the bike into the wall. It takes two and half hours to charge about 80 percent and five hours to recharge to 100 percent. Standard bike features like bright front and rear lights, reflective decals, and puncture-resistant tires make the CERO One competitive with other electric bikes on the market, and an integrated steel frame lock helps protect your investment.

The CERO One is available to purchase for $3,399.

Source: Curbed