The Lovens Explorer is the new kid on the cargo e-bike block. In the coming weeks, Dutch retailers will receive the first demo model of this cargo e-bike.
Family cargo e-bike are da bomb in Europe
In 2018 17,800 cargo bikes were sold in Europe, in 2020 City Changer Cargo Bike estimated that 43,600 cargo bikes were sold. In that perspective, it’s not strange that the Lovens Explorer New kid is on the cargo e-bike block. Optima Cycles is the manufacture of Dutch-ID e-bike and also this Lovens Explorer cargo e-bike.
The company “loves to go beyond” and claim that the Explorer is a “state-of-the-art design ” cargo e-bike. The introduction markets are The Netherlands and Belgium, Germany, France, and Denmark will follow later.
Lovens Explorer family cargo e-bike
The cargo e-bike from Lovens comes in three Explorer versions, the 50, 65, and 65 Auto. The Explorer 50 has a Shimano Nexus 5 shifting system and Bosch Active Line Plus motor. The Lovens Explorer 65 has a Bosch Performance motor and an Enviolo Cargo step-less shifting gear.
Top-of-the-line model Explorer 65 Auto has an Enviolo Automiq step-less shifting gear that is completely automatic. This system will deliver the absolute joy of cycling without shifting gears. By default, the cargo e-bike has a Bosch 400 Wh battery which can be upgraded to 500 Wh. The Bosch Kiox display completes the electric part of the cargo e-bike.
Urban Arrow vs Lovens vs Gazelle vs Carqon
Dutch market leader Urban Arrow created their first cargo bike back in 2010. Competitors Carqon and Gazelle entered the Dutch e-bike family cargo market last year. In 2021 Lovens is trying to steal some market share from the others. The biggest challenge is probably delivering on time! Urban Arrow and Carqon both seem to have production problems. Where the Urban Arrow has an elongated design the Carqon has a quiet bulky container but has a children’s door. The Gazelle Makki Load has a high container but with a lower part on the sides. The Lover Explorer looks similar to the Urban Arrow family model.
Price and availability Lovens Explorer
The exact timing of the availability of the Lovens Explore models is not clear at this time of writing but the manufacturer is aiming for May 2021. The Explorer 50 has a suggested retail price of € 4999,00 EUR the Explorer 65 is € 5299,00 EUR and The Explorer 65 Auto starts at € 5599,00 EUR. A battery upgrade is € 200,00 EUR and the GPS tracker is available for € 200,00 EUR.
Like to learn more about the Lovens, read our review of the e-cargo bike.