“I welded the first frame by putting together tubes from old bikes. As in an American story, BCargo was also born in a garage: mine ». Giacomo Pratellesi is a 39-year-old father. Romeo and Luna are his children, still children. A few months ago they were traveling along the Via Francigena, he driving a cargo bike, they sat in the basket. A one-week tour from Turin to Florence is impossible for many. “We have replaced the second car with the electric cargo bike. One euro to recharge and you travel a thousand kilometers – says Pratellesi -. Those who choose cargo bikes save on road tax, petrol, insurance, parking and fines. The annual maintenance cost is one hundred euros ». Former graphic designer, Pratellesi founded BCargo in 2017. “I sold my first bike at cost price to a bakery in Mortara, near Pavia. The turning point when I attended the sector fair in Spezi, Germany. I had to change, going from muscle to electric cargo ».
The boom of cargo bikes
With bins that can contain up to 100 kg of weight, cargo bikes are useful for delivering parcels as happens in the Netherlands where Babboe also has postal services for customers. “The company was founded in 2007 by three fathers who could find nothing on the market for their family needs,” says Jack de Jong, manager of the Amersfoort company. They wanted a design product, beautiful, easy and comfortable for children ». With a windproof and rain hood, equipped with safety belts, cargo bikes are increasingly sophisticated and equipped. Two wheels, compact, the Justlong is the model designed for the family by the Milanese Bicicapace. «It can carry two children in the rear basket and the shopping in the front bag. Ideal for mothers – explains founder Francesco Lombardi -. We have been producing utility bikes since 2011 with models of less than two meters. We sell to Germany, Belgium and France. In Italy, the greatest growth was recorded this year “.
The new motors with 625 Wh batteries (for distances up to 120 km in eco mode) open the world of work to cargo bikes. German from Hamburg, Bergamont has the Bosch Cargo Line powered E-Cargoville LJ in its collection. “A vehicle used more and more for the last mile, home delivery in the Ztl or in traffic congested neighborhoods. With this bike we also focus on the family », says sales manager Roberto Panzeri. And in Rimini, on the occasion of the Italian Bike Festival, Cargo Bike Revolution took place, a five-kilometer ride reserved for cargo bikes. An event a few days from the European Week of Sustainable Mobility (16-22 September) to promote green transport.
21 September 2020 (modified on 21 September 2020 | 12:53)
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