This Is The 18-wheeler Of The Electric Cargo Bike World

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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The pervasion of electricity throughout the mobility market is not limited to cars, motorcycles or semi-trucks. Bikes, too, have been blessed with additional oomph from electrons recently.

If you want to move cargo through a crowded city, an e-bike is the answer.(Surly)

 

Perhaps no bike better underscores the ubiquity of electrified transportation better than the new Surly Big easy cargo bike. Think of it as the 18-wheeler of the cargo bike world.

And that’s not hyperbole. This bike is seriously stout. Its Bosch Performance CX electric drive unit is capable of churning out 55 pound-feet of torque up to 20 miles per hour, which is chained (literally) to an 11-speed shifter. Surly will also sell you an additional battery pack, which is perfect for long-distance hauls.

It might not look like much, but the Big Easy’s Bosch power unit cranks out 55 lb-ft of torque.(Surly)

 

In addition to its prodigious power output, the Big Easy also boasts four-piston calipers, which is hugely impressive—and maybe overkill. To put that into perspective, the front brakes of a Toyota Prius only have one piston. The Big Easy has four. Clearly, Surly was serious about this bike’s stopping power.

A lot of these specs might seem like overkill at first blush. However, we’re heading into an era in which we really have to ask ourselves some serious questions about moving people and things around in urban environments. Do we really need to transport everything around in a gas- or diesel-powered van? Can’t we just put kale-powered Kenny on an electric Surly bike instead? The answer should be “yes.”

If you are interested in being on the forefront of the electric cargo-hauling revolution, Surly will sell you the Big Easy for $5,000. Unfortunately, it only comes in tan. You can’t win them all.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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