Several new mobility-focused companies have popped up to give consumers in cities more options. From electric scooters, to bike-sharing, to car-sharing, and ride-hailing platforms.
But despite this, there is now one more new mobility startups in Europe, a Dutch startup called Cargoroo, which lets out battery-powered e-cargo bikes are about 1/4 the size of a car, with a low-slung box behind the small front wheel. They run on a battery, which can be swapped overnight and needs to be charged once or twice a week.
The company is attempting to capture three niches in the urban mobility landscape which it says are not being filled by the current offering: families with children, small business owners who need to transport small volumes of stock, or anyone hauling a heavy load.
“There are lots of solutions for individual transport, but nothing if you have two to three kids or lots of groceries," says Jaron Borensztajn, the company’s Co-Founder.
So far, 70% of trips with Cargoroo have transported kids. Normally, these journeys are round-trips lasting around four hours. “People will go somewhere, park, and then head home,” says Borensztajn.
The typically longer use-case of Cargoroo cargo-bikes compared to scooters or regular bikes is reflected in the pricing: fees are per hour rather than per minute. Cargo bikes can also be rented for an entire day.
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