I recently wrote an opinion piece about how the United States Postal Service (USPS) could look to solve its gas-guzzler truck problem by following Europe’s example of delivering mail with smaller electric cargo bikes. As it turns out, the postal service has already been testing this out, and the little electric mail bikes look pretty snazzy too.
Not only are they designed to carry heavy cargo loads, but they’re also built in the US by Montana-based Coaster Cycles.
The electric mail bikes are built on the Freighter AW platform, which can be modified for various types of commercial e-cargo bike applications.
Technically it’s an electric cargo tricycle, but it almost looks more like a cargo van than a bike.
The giant rear cargo box provides 72 cubic feet (over 2,000 liters) of space for mail, and the bike can hold up to 400 lb. (181 kg) of cargo. Hydraulic disc brakes help bring all of that weight to a stop quickly and safely.