Cannondale joins the electric cargo bike party

A woman rides an empty bakfiets-style Wonderwagen Neo e-cargo bike next to a man riding a Cargowagen Neo long-tail e-cargo bike with a child on the back. Everyone is wearing helmets.
The Wonderwagen Neo (left) and Cargowagen Neo (right) are Cannondale’s first cargo bikes. | Image: Cannondale

Cannondale is announcing its first electric cargo bikes today with the Cargowagen Neo long-tail model launching in the US, and the Wonderwagen Neo front-loader headed exclusively to Europe. They aren’t cheap until you compare them to the $12,000 annual cost to own and operate a car, which these heavy haulers are designed to replace.

Having the 52-year-old Connecticut-based bicycle maker — owned by Dutch giant Pon Holdings — finally release not one but two cargo bikes is just the latest sign that we’re truly entering a golden age for e-cargo bikes.

The Cargowagen Neo is coming to the US “this winter” with a price that starts at $4,300, or €4,000 when it lands in Europe a bit earlier this fall. It’s a long-tail e-cargo bike powered by a…

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