The Dutch manufacturer Urban Arrow has renewed its line Family Charge of electric cargo bikes for families with the new Urban Arrow Family Cargo 2022. In this case it is a front-loading vehicle with a large transport box multipurpose between the two wheels instead of a long tail at the rear. A design thought above all for the transport of children since in addition to being much safer in that position they will be continuously watched. In this case, the Amsterdam company has updated this bicycle to turn it into a the “luxury SUV” of electric cargo bikes. A quality that is reflected in its design, its technology, its components and also in its price.
There is no doubt that within the electrification of transport that society is experiencing, electric bicycles are one of the best inventions. Anyone who gets into one of them for the first time is amazed at what they are capable of with their small electric pedal assistance systems. Such is their usefulness that, one step further, electric cargo bikes aspire to replace many of the cars that currently saturate cities.
Urban Arrow has added a number of features to the 2022 update to make it easier to ride a longer-than-usual bike loaded with kids (or maybe a pet) through the streets of a city full of cars. According to the manufacturer, this electric cargo bike solves these problems beautifully, providing all the necessary cargo space and making pedaling manageable and even fun.
The new Urban Arrow Family Cargo 2022 a front loading electric bike. In this case it is not a frame in which the axles of the wheels are separated and the rear part is lengthened to accommodate a box or child seats. Here the design of the frame varies much more, since the box is located between the wheels, which which stabilizes the vehicle much more by centering the weight and allows the load to always be visible. In exchange, all the geometry changes, especially with regard to the handlebar and the steering system.
Among the novelties included in the 2022 version is the implementation of the latest model of Bosch Kiox display on the handlebar and the inclusion of a Gates Carbon Drive strap throughout the range, which replaces the chain, adding extra silence to the ride and reducing transmission maintenance to almost zero.
This strap connects the Bosch Cargo Line Gen 4 electric motor (in the top of the range version) with a continuously variable gearbox Shipping Heavy Duty. It is one of the most powerful engines available in the German supplier’s catalogue, not because of the power it offers, which is limited to 250W (emphasizing the limited) but by a very high output torque, 85 Nm, which suggests that the cyclist will receive a lot of help because he will need to move very heavy and delicate loads.
The battery that feeds the setalso from Bosch, has a capacity of 500Wh, which should offer sufficient autonomy for daily urban routes. In this case, in order to comply with the European EPAC vehicle regulations, there is no accelerator and therefore the only way for the engine to start is for the cyclist to pedal, which increases the range available.
Another of the improvements of the new Urban Arrow family is a redesigned head tube which improves the stability and control of the bike at high speeds and with heavy loads. A series of very high quality components are added to the set. The hydraulic disc brakes four-pistons are supplied by the specialist Magura. They include a ABS system for electric bicycles that reduces the probability that the rear wheel will rise during the braking phase, releasing the brake calipers of the front wheels when it detects that it has been blocked. Thanks to this system, the cyclist can rely more on the front brake, which is usually used to support the rear due to the risk of destabilization caused by its blocking.
All these virtues make the Urban Arrow Family Cargo 2022 a premium electric bike, since it offers high performance, very high quality components, comfort and, above all, great functionality. Characteristics that are reflected in the sale price that, according to the configurator of the manufacturer’s website, starts at €5,290 for the base version with the Performance Line Essential engine (65 Nm). For 900 euros more, the Performance Line Plus engine (65 Nm) is included and for 1,400 more the Cargo Line (85 Nm). The client has at his disposal different accessories which can also be purchased through the web.
This is a high price if you consider that it is “only” an electric cargo bike. However, some considerations must be taken into account. On many occasions, and depending on the city in which you live, how prepared it is for the circulation of bicycles (especially if children are transported) and the weather, this type of bicycle can replace small SUVs that many families have in the garage to take the children to school and move around the city.
These high-quality, high-capacity, family-oriented electric cargo bikes can actually replace household vehicles used to carry multiple passengers or a large amount of cargo. In many European countries this is already a reality that is accompanied by an urban infrastructure prepared to receive them and driver education adapted to this type of vehicle.
The inhabitants of the cities are the candidates to try a new mobility by replacing their cars (or at least the second one) with one of these vehicles. And they don’t have to do it for a premium model like the one from Urban Arrow, because there are more and more options on the market with bikes that don’t offer the quality of this one but are just as functional and practical.