February 21, 2024

Most driving trips in the U.S. are less than a few miles, making cargo e-bikes an attractive option, according to Vvolt, a Portland, Oregon-based electric vehicle company. The new Utility Series models are “designed from the ground up to help people ride more and drive less.”

The Vvolt Utility line consists of three family e-bike models, topped off by the Class 1/Class 3 Pie, which features a 500-W mid-mounted motor capable of a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) and is Class 1 compliant Ride at 28 mph (45 km/h) in level 3. It features torque, cadence, and speed sensors for a responsive ride, a Gates carbon fiber drive belt, and a boost button for motor assistance at lights. There’s also an Enviolo CVT in-hub transmission with 380 percent gear range. The dual-battery setup tops out at more than 1,000 Wh, giving it a range of 30 to 80 miles (48 to 128 kilometers) per charge.

There’s a 24-inch wheel at the rear and a 20-inch wheel at the front, each wrapped with a 3-inch puncture-resistant tire. Stopping power is provided by four-piston hydraulic brakes, front and rear integrated lighting, including frame-integrated shelves and adjustable front modules. Optional accessories are also available. E-bikes are rated to tow up to 440 lbs (200 kg), including rider and cargo.

Pie cargo e-bike with frame integrated rear rack and front cargo module
Pie cargo e-bike with frame integrated rear rack and front cargo module


This model is also equipped with GPS and 4G smart systems for anti-theft (including built-in alarm), mobile app connectivity, remote diagnostics and over-the-air updates. It’s up for preorder now for $200, with deliveries expected to begin in late 2023. Release price is $4,499.

The Slice DLX cargo e-bike is basically the same as the Pie, but rolls on a single 600 Wh battery and doesn’t have an integrated rear rack. This one is also planned to be available by the end of 2023 with a target price of $3,999.

Finally, the Slice Lite is a 2-stage single-speed version with a 350-watt rear hub motor, pedal-assisted accelerator up to 20 mph (32 km/h), 500-watt-hour battery, dual-piston hydraulic brakes but no Smart Connect (at present). The model is available for pre-order now for $2,049, and the pre-order package includes a free front cargo module. Shipments will begin in July.

The video below has more.

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Meet the Vvolt Utility Series Electric Bikes

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