Not all Crowdfunding campaigns are successful, but here is one IndieGogo campaign for an interesting design of Electric Cargobike that is in production.
Cero ran their crowdfunding campaign in 2017 and reached 127 percent of its campaign goals and has fulfilled all orders for the electric cargobike which retails in the USA for $3399 and up, depending on the modular cargo design chosen. It’s good to see a consumer-oriented design, compared with some of the business-related electric cargobikes.
“Our goal was to design and build a modern version of the Japanese ‘Mamachari,’ a practical utility bike that could be used by almost anyone as a replacement for a car in their daily lives,” explained Kiyoshi Iwai, founder of CERO. “The CERO One allows urban dwellers to do almost anything they’d do in a car, but more quickly and efficiently. A powerful electric motor and wide range of accessories make the bike perfect for getting around town as well as carrying almost anything, whether that’s groceries, pizza for delivery or precious cargo. I even take my surfboard to the beach near our office in Santa Monica with CERO One.”
Unlike other electric cargobikes on the market, CERO One offers a custom-designed 12-way modular cargo system that includes three types of baskets and racks which riders can mix and match to meet their needs. The bike also offers a small, 20-inch front wheel for a lower centre of gravity, enabling users to haul heavy cargo with ease.
With an electric motor, CERO One allows riders to cruise up to speeds as high as 20 miles per hour simply through a pedal-assist boost. It also has three drive modes: High, in which the manufacturer claims a rider can travel as far as 44 miles; Normal, in which a rider can travel as far as 62 miles; and Eco, allowing a rider to travel 93 miles before a battery re-charge.
CERO as a company was founded by Kiyoshi Iwai, who moved to California from his native Japan more than two decades ago. Envisioning a solution to the problems of Los Angeles’ traffic congestion and overall transportation woes, Iwai worked with bicycle engineers Forrest Yelverton and Zach Krapfl, previously of bicycle manufacturer GT, to design and bring to market the CERO One. The company received its initial financial backing by way of its successful IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign and now says that it is operating with a mission to provide people and organizations with carbon-free transportation solutions.
The company is now shipping this electric cargobike direct to consumers as well as some specialist e-bike retailers in the USA. We are not aware at this point of their plans for distribution of their electric cargobike in Europe.