Berlin-based e-mobility company ONOMOTION aims to fundamentally change urban mobility. To achieve this, the startup focuses on urban planning and transporting goods in cities in an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective way. Their first product, the ONO e-cargo bike, can replace sprinters, cargo vans and transporters on the “last mile” of delivery, trailblazing emission-free transportation of goods within cities.
The ONO combines the flexibility of a bicycle with the capacity and durability of a delivery truck to provide sustainable and effective transportation of goods — from flowers to food to furniture. With significantly more space and weather protection than conventional cargo bikes, the ONO fits the needs of fleet managers and drivers alike.
The e-cargo bike presents itself as a hybrid between an electric bike and a car, enabling faster and more efficient movement while also saving space. It features a delta trike layout – one wheel in front, two in the back – and measures 340 cm long by 116 cm wide by 205 cm high (133.9 by 45.7 by 80.7 in). The rider sits inside a fully weatherproof windshield-wiper-equipped cab, steering with a set of handlebars, and pedaling to provide propulsion.
The rider’s pedaling power is augmented by two 125-watt rear-wheel-hub electric motors, taking the vehicle to a top assisted speed of 25 km/h (16 mph). Additionally, for starting up from a stop, a throttle can be used to get the ONO up to 6 km/h (4 mph) without pedaling.
One of the vehicle’s particularly interesting features, however, is its cargo-carrying system. This setup incorporates caster-wheeled container modules that can be rolled on and off of the vehicle’s rear cargo bed via an integrated ramp, electronically coupling and uncoupling with the ONO as needed.
Utilizing these, the operator doesn’t have to wait around while individual cargo items are loaded and unloaded. Instead, modules can be preloaded before the ONO arrives for pickup, and unloaded after it has departed from making a delivery. Each module has a storage volume of over 2 cubic meters (70.6 cubic ft), and can carry up to 200 kg (441 lb).
Other features of the ONO e-cargo bike
Weather protection: The driver cabin’s unique design provides reliable protection against rain and wind, 365 days a year.
Battery: The 1.4 kWh battery can be replaced within seconds and allows a range of up to 30 km (19 miles). An optional holder is available for a second battery for a range of up to 60 km (37 miles) without stopping at a battery exchange station. The battery can be replaced at one of the many battery replacement stations of ONOMOTION’s partner Swobbee.
Some of the vehicle’s other features include GPS tracking, a full lighting system, wing mirrors, an LCD dashboard display, plus an RFID fob used to lock and unlock the vehicle, open the container module door, and release the module from the back.
Pricing and availability
ONOMOTION is currently offering the ONO to prospective commercial clients in several European countries, either for outright purchase or on a subscription basis – rates for the subscription start at €589 (about US$634) per month.