Aiming to shake up the logistics industry, the “world’s first” cargo two-wheeler, born in India, seeks to revolutionize the way goods are transported.

Following approximately six years of development, an electric scooter designed for cargo transport is entering the commercial production phase. Pune-based startup has initiated customer trials for this electric vehicle (EV), with plans for its market launch in the first half of the current year.

During a recent visit to Pune, I had the chance to ride a two-wheeler that caught my attention for several reasons. Firstly, its design sets it apart from any other two-wheeler ever witnessed in India. In fact, its manufacturer, Qargos, proudly dubs it as the world’s first cargo scooter platform. The electric cargo carrier, designed and manufactured in India, made its public debut in Dallas, USA, on Sunday, during a conference hosted by software technology leader Dassault Systèmes.

Although it’s a two-wheeler, the cargo carrier isn’t particularly user-friendly for a novice rider, as I discovered. This is mainly due to the cargo compartment, integrated into the chassis, positioned between the rider and the handlebars. However, after a cautious couple of loops around the area, I gained sufficient control over the 145 kg electric vehicle (EV) and reached its top speed of 80 kmph. I also explored the three software-controlled power modes. The EV boasts a cargo compartment with a capacity of 225 liters, capable of carrying up to 120 kg.

This innovation appears quite promising. However, one might wonder about its comfort during rides, particularly regarding weight distribution.

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