Berlin-based startup Citkar is mixing things up as its presents its Loadster, an electric cargo bike that carries on the amenities of a tiny car. The four-wheeled pedelec got a roof and a load capacity of 300 kilos, making it a serious and clean contender for last mile logistics.
Citkar had presented the Loadster, previously known as Citkar, before but now used the occasion of an logistics conference and festival in Berlin to show its light electric vehicle publicly.
Essentially, the Loadster blends an electric cargo pedelec with functionalities of a mini van. This means, drivers must pedal in order for the electric system built by Brose to add its extra watts. Because of this pedal-assist principle and a top speed of 25 kph, the Loadster classifies as bicycle in Europe, so it does not require a driver’s license and can be driven in parks or on cycle lanes. However, the firm is also working on a speed pedelec version with 40 kph.
Citkar says the Loadster can carry up to 300 kilos and got a box with 422 litres volume. A 1,500 Wh batteries holds energy for a range of up to 200 kilometres. The cargo pedelec weighs 60 kilos including the plastic cover. The pedals are in the middle of the vehicle, leaving the chain uncovered between the legs of the rider, who is in a semi-lying position. A steering wheel replaces the handlebar.
Apart from Brose, Citkar has managed to get Magura and Enviolo on board. The startup wants to assemble their Loadster in Berlin’s belt, that is Brandenburg, but is still looking for more investors. Preorders are open though and Kitcar wants to begin building their cargo pedelec before the year’s end. Prices will start around 7,200 euros, indicating a rather professional target group.
A trial with a logistics company is scheduled to start this summer.