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E-bikes for Delivery: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best E-Bike

By Anelisa Nokoyo

Table of contents:

Introduction The Advantages of E-bikes for Delivery Legality of Using E-bikes for Delivery Key Features to Look For Top E-bike Models for Delivery FAQs What is the range of e-bike batteries? Can e-bikes go up hills? Do I need a license to use an e-bike? What is the best e-bike motor type? You Might Also Like

Electric bikes offer major advantages for delivery couriers - make more drops in less time while getting a workout and saving money. Read this comprehensive guide to using e-bikes for delivery.


Delivery driving is one of the fastest growing jobs in cities around the world today. More people than ever are ordering takeout and packages, meaning more opportunities for delivery couriers to earn.

Electric bikes are revolutionizing the delivery game – offering couriers a faster, more efficient, and cost-effective way to make their rounds compared to cars or regular bikes. E-bikes have pedal-assist and throttle systems that make completing routes quicker without getting exhausted.

We’ll walk through everything couriers need to know about using e-bikes for delivery work. You'll learn about the benefits of e-bikes, relevant laws, what features to look for, and details on top e-bike models like the Breeze and Storm.

The Advantages of E-bikes for Delivery

E-bikes aren't just standard bicycles with a motor attached - they offer unique advantages tailor-made for delivery couriers. Here are some of the top reasons to go electric:

  • Faster deliveries: E-bikes have pedal assist and throttle systems to give you a boost when pedaling or power the bikes independently of pedaling. This allows couriers to complete deliveries quicker.
  • Less fatigue: Pedal assist decreases the effort needed to pedal, reducing physical exhaustion over the course of a shift. Throttle provides power without pedaling at all.
  • Environmentally friendly: E-bikes produce no emissions, unlike gas-powered vehicles. They're a greener transportation choice.
  • Lower maintenance: E-bikes require far less routine maintenance and repairs than cars, and cost less to operate. The savings on gas, parking, and repairs add up over time.
  • Cost savings: It’s also cheaper to buy an e-bike than a car. Bike rental company Whizz offers affordable subscription plans starting at $159 per month, rather than purchasing an entirely bike.
  • Get exercise: Riders still get a workout with pedal assist. One study found e-bikes require more physical activity than standard bicycles.

Legality of Using E-bikes for Delivery

E-bikes are street legal in most areas with some regulations:

  • No sidewalk riding – stick to bike lanes and streets.
  • Speed limits vary, but throttle e-bikes typically max out at 20mph. Faster speeds are possible with human pedaling input.
  • Some regions require helmets and license/registration, depending on the e-bike class.
  • Check local municipal guidelines for specifics. Most allow class 1 and 2 e-bikes in bike lanes. Class 3 may be restricted.

Key Features to Look For

Not all e-bikes are created equal. For delivery purposes, look for:

  • Strong battery with 50+ mile range to last entire shifts. Higher voltage means more range.
  • Motor with pedal assist and throttle for speed. 500W motors are powerful and reliable.
  • Step-through frame makes mounting and dismounting easier compared to high-step frames.
  • Front hub motor requires less maintenance than mid-drive motors.
  • Rear rack or basket to hold delivery bags and boxes.
  • Suspension for a smoother ride over bumps and cracks.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes for quick, reliable stopping.
  • Integrated lights provide visibility and prevent theft.

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Top E-bike Models for Delivery

The Breeze and Storm from Whizz are exceptional models purpose-built for couriers:

  • Class 2 with 20 mph top speed and 500W motor
  • 5 level pedal assist and throttle
  • 48V 16Ah Tesla-grade battery for 50+ mile range
  • Step-through and high-step frames to suit your unique height
  • Rear carrier rack for deliveries
  • Hydraulic brakes and high beam lights
  • Test rides available to find the perfect model

Take your delivery business to the next level with an e-bike designed for couriers. It’ll maximize your earning potential while minimizing hassles. Contact Whizz today to learn more and schedule a test ride!


What is the range of e-bike batteries?

E-bike range depends on many factors like terrain and added weight, but look for models with a 50+ mile battery range so you can complete full delivery shifts without recharging. Higher voltage batteries (48V) offer greater range.

Can e-bikes go up hills?

Yes, e-bikes can handle hills thanks to their electric pedal assist and throttle. Pedal assist provides extra power, taking some effort out of inclines. Throttle can fully power the e-bike uphill without pedaling.

Do I need a license to use an e-bike?

Most areas do not require a license to operate lower-class e-bikes up to 20mph. Faster class 3 and 4 e-bikes may require registration and licensing depending on local regulations. Always check municipal e-bike laws just to be on the safe side.

What is the best e-bike motor type?

Experts recommend front hub drive motors for delivery purposes. They are less likely to break down compared to rear hub or mid-drive motors since chain and gears are not involved. Front hub motors also handle poor road conditions well.

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