Here’s a new one. Beyond’s Cargo One is a folding 2,000W cargo e-scooter (e-cargo scooter?) aimed at delivery workers, available via a monthly subscription.
We say ‘new one’ but this isn’t even the first cargo e-scooter we’ve reported on this month. The Razor EcoSmart Cargo is a very different beast though. Being as that one has a seat, it’s not really what people think of as an e-scooter these days. You could call Razor’s vehicle an e-moped, but we went with ‘powered transporter,’ which is a term you could also apply to the Cargo One.
The Cargo One is an e-scooter in the modern sense: it’s got a deck and you stand on it. However, unlike most e-scooters, it also has a cargo platform out front, which is rated for loads of up to 22kg.
That doesn’t sound like much, but Beyond reckon it’s enough for how this vehicle will be used.
The firm is targeting the New York market where the average delivery distance is just 0.8 miles and even with multiple deliveries, loads rarely exceed 13kg.
They’re also thinking about the kind of person likely to require such a vehicle. It’s been designed to fold down so that it can be taken home on the train and also be more easily stored in a typical New York flat.
“We are finding that people do not want to invest in their own delivery business,” CEO and co-founder Manuel Saez told Zag Daily. “Rather this is a transitional job. It therefore makes much more sense to get a delivery e-scooter on subscription for $39 a week than it does to buy an e-bike outright for $3,000.”
As with other micromobility subscription services, maintenance is included in that weekly price. The Beyond Cargo One will also be available to buy outright for $2,499.
The first shipment is expected in March next year.