The global cargo bike market is anticipated to grow at a significant rate through 2032. The pressing need to beat traffic congestion will raise the demand and production of cargo bikes across the globe. These bikes offer improved maneuverability in traffic-congested regions due to their small size.
Major market players are implementing a variety of growth tactics including alliances, collaborations, and the construction of new manufacturing facilities to increase their business share globally. For instance, in August 2021, Giant Bicycles, a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer, opened a new production facility in Vietnam with a $48 million investment to penetrate the market and generate more profit.
The cargo bikes market is categorized in terms of type, drivetrain, application, sales channel, and region.
Based on type, the industry is segregated into two-wheeled, three-wheeled, and four-wheeled. The four-wheeled segment is set to witness an upsurge in growth through the forecast timeframe. These cargo bikes are largely used in last-mile delivery applications. Manufacturers are also launching new four-wheeled electric cargo bikes to stay competitive in the market.
With respect to the drivetrain, the cargo bike market share from the non-electric segment is expected to record over 8.4% CAGR between 2023 to 2032. Fundamental challenges presented by densely populated places including traffic congestion, pollution, health hazards, and fuel expenditure will support product deployment.
In terms of application, the segment has been classified into parcel delivery, courier, food delivery, and others. The others segment is slated to proliferate at a CAGR of 4% through 2032 attributed to the additional advantages they offer over motorized cars and vans, including reduced prices and fewer carbon emissions.
On the basis of sales channels, the offline segment is projected to register a steady growth rate through the forecast timeframe. The market for offline sales channels is being pushed by an increase in the number of customer interaction in retail stores. These stores, unlike online sales channels, allow customers to test-drive and experience new cargo bikes before purchase.
From the regional outlook, Asia Pacific accounted for over 38% share of the global cargo bike market in 2021, owing to the highly congested nature of most of the regional roadways in the region and the higher affordability of cargo bikes. The regional market is also being driven by rapidly expanding urbanization and a waning consumer for large vehicles such as vans and trucks, especially in the more compact areas of urban cities. Many in the region’s logistics sector prefer cargo bikes due to their highly maneuverable designs.