- - ONO eCargo Bike Blurs the Lines Between an Electric Bike and an Electric Vehicle

ONO eCargo Bike Blurs the Lines Between an Electric Bike and an Electric Vehicle

The Berlin-based mobility company ONOMOTION is aiming to fundamentally change urban mobility with the launch of its ONO e-cargo bike, which blurs the lines between an electric bike and an electric vehicle by combining the flexibility of a bicycle with the capacity and durability of a delivery truck to provide the sustainable and effective transportation of goods.

The e-cargo bike presents itself as a hybrid between an electric bike and an electric car, enabling faster and more efficient movement while also saving space. It features a delta trike layout – one wheel in front, two in the back – and measures 340 cm long by 116 cm wide by 205 cm high (133.9 by 45.7 by 80.7 in). The rider sits inside a fully weatherproof windshield-wiper-equipped cab, steering with a set of handlebars, and pedaling to provide propulsion

The rider’s pedaling power is augmented by two 125-watt rear-wheel-hub electric motors, taking the vehicle to a top assisted speed of 25 km/h (16 mph). Also, for starting up from a stop, the throttle can be used to get the ONO up to 6 km/h (4 mph) without pedaling.

Container module

However, one of the ONO’s more interesting features is its cargo-carrying system. This setup incorporates caster-wheeled container modules that can be rolled on and off of the vehicle’s rear cargo bed via an integrated ramp, electronically coupling and uncoupling with the ONO as needed.

As a result, the operator doesn’t have to wait around while individual cargo items are loaded and unloaded. Instead, modules can be preloaded before the ONO arrives for pickup, and unloaded after it has departed from making a delivery. Each module has a storage volume of over 2 cubic meters (70.6 cubic ft), and can carry up to 200 kg (441 lb).

Additionally, fleet operators to better keep track of their deliveries, the ONO is fitted with a GPS tracking and data transmission system, as well as an RFID system.

Other features of the ONO e-cargo bike:

  • Weather protection: The driver cabin’s unique design provides reliable protection against rain and wind, 365 days a year.
  • Battery: The 1.4 kWh battery can be replaced within seconds and allows a range of up to 30 km (19 miles). An optional holder is available for a second battery for a range of up to 60 km (37 miles) without stopping at a battery exchange station. The battery can be replaced at one of the many battery replacement stations of ONOMOTION’s partner Swobbee.

Other highlights include GPS tracking, a full lighting system, wing mirrors, an LCD dashboard display, plus an RFID fob used to lock and unlock the vehicle, open the container module door, and release the module from the back.

Pricing and availability

ONOMOTION is currently offering the ONO to prospective commercial clients in several European countries, either for outright purchase or on a subscription basis – rates for the subscription start at €589 (about US$634) per month. Furthermore, it qualifies for 2,500-Euro funding (approximately $2,613 USD) by the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Germany. 






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