Cycling is making a comeback these days in the form of electric bicycles, or e-bikes.
If e-bikes can replace your car for the work commute, you might wonder if they can replace your vehicle for trips to the hardware store or your child’s daycare, too.
And the answer is yes – as long as you buy the right kind of e-bike and/or the right kind of accessories.
To learn exactly which bikes and accessories you should be looking for, just keep reading because that’s exactly what we intend to find out today!
Best Cargo E-Bikes
Since bikes and accessories are generally sold separately, we’ll split this list into three sections:
First up are the bikes themselves.
We’ll be looking at cargo bikes of various styles, all of which should have the power and stability to haul heavy loads.
All of these bikes should be capable of towing a trailer, and some even have built-in cargo boxes that can function as child seats.
Those that lack these features either have a rack to which a child seat can be attached or the ability to haul a child trailer.
1. Urban Arrow: Family Electric Cargo Bike
With a large front-mounted cargo box and a low center of gravity, Urban Arrow’s Family Cargo Bike is equally at home hauling groceries, children, or anything else that can fit in its box.
The low mounting position of the cargo box means a lower overall center of gravity, which makes steering a breeze compared to cargo bikes which lack this trait.
The bike also features the ability to downshift from a standstill, perfect for pushing heavy loads up hills.
The Urban Arrow Family Electric Cargo Bike will cost you between $7,000 and $8,000, so it’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for – an excellent and long-lasting cargo bike.
2. Rad Power Bikes: RadWagon 4
If the price of Urban Arrow’s Family Bike made you cringe, this next one is for you: probably the most budget-friendly cargo bike we could find that isn’t junk.
In general, Rad Power Bikes make some great budget-friendly mail-order e-bikes that, while they aren’t the highest possible quality, are quite functional and deliver great bang for your buck.
The RadWagon 4 is no exception to this rule: it will only cost you about $2,000, which is still a lot of money, but far less than most quality e-bikes.
This bike features a long cargo rack in the back which can house a child seat and large, durable tires that handle well.
However, we must caution you that Rad Power Bikes has been the subject of multiple safety-related lawsuits, so do your homework and exercise caution.
If you do get the RadWagon or any other Rad bike, do not let your underage children operate it unsupervised, avoid charging it overnight, and watch out for arcing when you plug it in.
3. Tern GSD SOO LX
Tern’s GSD cargo bike line features a roomy rear cargo rack, small, maneuverable wheels, and a comfortably low center of gravity.
All of these things combined make it very easy to steer, which is particularly impressive for a cargo bike.
At around $7,000, it’s certainly not cheap, but you get a top-of-the-line cargo bike for the price, with a number of handy accessories to boot.
4. Tern Quick Haul P9
A more affordable Tern model that will “only” run you $3,000 or so, the Tern Quick Haul P9 is a particularly versatile cargo e-bike.
Like its cousin, the GSD, the Quick Haul features a rear-mounted cargo rack and all of the same traits that make Tern bikes easy to maneuver, such as small wheels and a low center of gravity.
Unlike the GSD, it’s less than half the price, but remains a fantastic quality bike that can haul with the best of them.
Because of its size, it’s also particularly versatile and easy to store.
Overall, if you want both a cargo bike and a general-use riding bike but don’t want to actually buy two bikes, the Quick Haul P9 can rise to whichever occasion you need it to on any given day.
5. Gazelle Makki Load
Gazelle makes top-notch quality e-bikes in various categories, and cargo bikes are no exception.
In particular, the Makki Load stands out as one of the best child-friendly cargo bikes we’ve ever seen.
It features both a rear cargo rack and a front-mounted double child seat, built-in with seat belts and other safety features.
This means that if you installed a child seat on the rear rack, you could carry up to three children at once!
At nearly $5,000, it’s not the cheapest entry in this list, but it’s not the most expensive either, despite its superb quality.
Best E-Bike Child Seats
Many of the bikes in the above list have a cargo rack to which you can attack a child seat but do not come with a built-in seat.
That’s why we’re also including several such child bike seats in this list, so you have some idea of where to start looking if you opt for a bike without a built-in seating option.
1. iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat
Bicycle-mounted child seats generally come in two flavors: front-mounted and rear-mounted. This one is of the front-mounted variety.
Front-mounted seats do not need a dedicated cargo rack to attach to but are typically only sized for younger toddlers. They may not be as safe as rear-mounted seats.
That being said, front-mounted seats are more engaging and fun for your child during the ride, and the bright colors of the iBert Safe-T-Seat certainly help accentuate this fact.
Those bright colors also make you more visible, minimizing the chances of an accident.
This particular seat is sized for children up to 38 pounds and 1 year of age. For your child’s safety, do not exceed the weight or age limit.
Additionally—and this applies to all child seats and bikes—make sure they wear an appropriately-sized helmet and read and follow all included instructions carefully.
The Safe-T-Seat will run you about $80, a drop in the bucket compared to what you’ll have already paid for even the most budget-friendly e-bike.
2. Burley Dash Rack-Mount
As the name implies, the Burley Dash mounts on the rear cargo rack of your e-bike.
This means that you need a bike with a rear cargo rack for this seat to attach to, a feature that you’ll easily find on several of the bikes in the list above.
As a rear-mounted seat, it’s arguably safer—if admittedly a little less interesting—for the child using it and can safely accommodate older children as well.
This particular seat is rated for children aged 1-5 years and up to 40 pounds; as always, do not exceed the age or weight limits for your child’s safety.
With a sturdy design, a heavy-duty seat belt, and removable, washable padding, this seat is perfect for the parent on the go.
It will cost you just under $200, but keeping your child safe and secure while they ride with you is worth every penny.
Please also read out my article about the best electric bikes with pet carriers.
3. Thule Yepp Mini Child Bike Seat
With a five-point harness, shock absorption, and a tall seat that supports the head, the Thule Yepp Mini Child Bike Seat is probably the sturdiest front-mounted seat you’ll find.
It’s rated for children 9 months to 3 years of age and up to 33 pounds.
Please note that you should consult with your child’s pediatrician prior to taking any child under 12 months of age with you on a bicycle of any kind.
Most front-mounted bike seats are not designed for children older than 1, maybe 2 years tops, but this is a seat designed to grow with your child up to their third year.
This helps justify the somewhat steep $160 price tag since you can get at least two solid years of use out of it, more if you re-use it with additional children down the line.
Check out our article for more about electric bikes with child seats.
Best E-Bike Child Trailers
All of the bikes on this list should be capable of towing a trailer, whether or not they have their own built-in cargo option.
With that in mind, we’d be remiss not to list a few of our favorite child trailers, any of which you should be able to hook up to your e-bike of choice and ride off, toddler in tow.
1. Burley Bee Bike Trailer
With a lightweight, easy-to-haul design, a five-point harness, and SPF 50+ tinted windows, the Burley Bee will have your little one buzzing along behind you in style and comfort.
Because of its lightweight design, the Burley Bee can function well on a variety of bikes, be they e-bikes or plain old pedal bikes.
It works especially well on a cargo e-bikes.
Available in both 1-seat and 2-seat models and with some cargo space to boot, the Burley Bee is particularly versatile and facilitates a variety of family trips.
It will run you $250 or $280 (for the 1-seat and 2-seat options, respectively), which is about average to slightly above average as far as bike trailer prices go.
2. Homcom 2 Child Trailer
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that still performs very well and safely, look no further than the Homcom 2 Child Trailer.
With room for 2 kids, safely secured by five-point harnesses, you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood as you pedal away to drop the kids off at school, or take them on a family biking adventure!
It’s practically a steal at under $100, but you do make some sacrifices for the price: namely, it doesn’t really have any extra cargo space, so you can carry your kids in it, but nothing else.
3. Thule Chariot Cross Double Bike Trailer
If you want an all-in-one outdoor activity trailer that can mount to your cargo bike (among other things), carry up to two kids and a bit of cargo in maximum safety and comfort, look no further.
The Thule Chariot Cross Double Bike Trailer, while a bit of a mouthful, is both a stroller you can push while you walk or jog and a bike trailer you can hook up to any pedal bike or eBike.
With tinted windows, safety harnesses, and top-notch suspension, your little ones will be safe and secure while you’re en route.
And once you get there, the Chariot folds up for convenient storage!
It’s the most expensive bike trailer on this list at $1,000, but well worth it for the quality and versatility it offers.
Please also read our article about the most comfortable e-bikes out there.