Tern announces a more affordable version of its popular electric cargo bike

Taiwanese e-bike company Tern has announced a more affordable version of its popular line of cargo bikes. The Tern Quick Haul is as slim and accessible as the company’s other bikes, but with a slightly reduced sticker price.

For years, Tern’s GSD and HSD models have delighted customers looking for powerful, capable e-bikes with plenty of cargo space. Now the company is introducing a slightly smaller model for city customers who care about parking and storage as much as carrying kids or groceries.

Another major selling point is the starting price. The Quick Haul lineup comes in two models: the D8, a Class 1 e-bike with a top speed of 20 mph, which starts at $2,999; and the P9, a Class 3 bike with a top speed of 28 mph, starting at $3,999. A third model, the P5i, will be introduced in Europe first, with other markets to follow.

This may still be too expensive for some customers, but it’s a discount from previous Tern models, including the GSD ($5,499 for the single-battery configuration, $6,299 for the dual-battery) and the HSD ( which starts at $3,199). Anyway, when it comes to cargo bikes, I try not to compare them to other non-electric bikes, but rather to the car I’m trying to replace. Using this heading, the electric bike is always the cheapest option.

Tern says he priced the Quick Haul to be eligible for potential tax credits, should the U.S. Congress decide to pass the e-bike law. The bill is included in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better welfare package, which is currently stalled in Congress. Tern and other companies hope the bill can still live, even if lawmakers fail to reach a consensus on Biden’s plan.

Additionally, Tern’s e-bikes are expensive because the company builds them using some of the best parts and components in the industry. The Quick Haul is no different, with its Bosch Active Line Plus or Performance Line Sport motor and Shimano Nexus 5 hub. The P5i model will come with a Gates carbon belt drive, which is very popular with bike manufacturers. electric drives today because it is cleaner and easier to maintain than traditional metal chain drives.

The Tern Quick Haul also stands out for its modularity. With a maximum gross vehicle weight of 330 pounds (150 kg), the Quick Haul is a comfortable ride for a child or even a second adult. The seat and stem are adjustable, which means the bike can be used by people of different heights.

The Quick Haul is shorter than Tern’s previous models, and with a low center of gravity, it should be easy to maneuver through tight city streets or throw off transit hubs, like subway stations or of bus. And the rear rack doubles as a stand when you want to park the bike upright, which is a great space saver for anyone who keeps their bike in their apartment. And while the handlebars don’t fold up like Tern’s other models, the Quick Haul is compatible with the company’s vast constellation of accessories, including the Clubhouse, Storm Box and Storm Shield.

Interestingly, Tern also markets the Quick Haul as a perfect bike for delivery businesses. With its sturdy frame and cargo capacity, the company says this model is a “reliable workhorse” for any business looking to expand its delivery options. The company has long sought to position itself as a business partner in addition to being a consumer-facing brand.

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