Could Tern’s new Quick Haul electric cargo bike replace your car?


Tern launched the Quick Haul, a new electric cargo bike, optimized for convenience around town. It’s supposed to have an adaptable design, built with safety and load capacity in mind to help you reap the benefits of riding an e-bike.

Convenience is often priced high in the electric freight market and Tern says he has made it a point to aim for a lower price range without major compromise.

For the Quick Haul, Tern has removed some of the premium features found on its other bikes, such as the HSD and GSD, but the brand says it retains key base functionality.

The bikes retail from £2,800 / €2,999 / $2,999. Australian prices are to be confirmed.

New Tern Quick Haul – what you need to know

  • Tern says it’s designed to make city life easier, more convenient and fun
  • Designed to carry up to 150 kg
  • Compatible with a Carla Cargo trailer, which can take up to 150 kg of additional capacity
  • Low frame for convenience and accommodates riders from 4ft 11in to 6ft 5in with its adjustable seatpost and handlebars
  • Pricing for potential future US e-bike tax credits

Designed for city life and adaptable to your needs

Tern says the Quick Haul will handle most daily commutes around town and is rated up to a maximum gross weight of 150kg.

It is compatible with Tern’s modular accessory ecosystem, so it can be customized for many purposes.

These accessories range from the Clubhouse Fort, which offers seating for children, to the Storm Box, made of durable waterproof fabric, which can be used as a cover for small passengers or to carry additional cargo.

Possibility of doubling the capacity

The rear rack provides a clean slate for mounting options.
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You can also pair the Quick Haul with a heavy-duty trailer such as the Carla Cargo. This doubles the capacity of the Quick Haul, and it can carry up to 150 kg more.

Tern designed a coupler that attaches the Carla Cargo trailer to a hitch mount on top of the Quick Haul’s rear rack, which he says provides a stable ride even when heavily loaded.

The brand says the Quick Haul is compatible with other trailers, but hasn’t specified which models are compatible and what mounting arrangements exist to attach them. We asked for more details.

Adjustable fit and compact convenience

Pack shot of Tern Quick Haul's handlebar height adjustment feature

You can adjust the seatpost, as well as the height of the handlebars according to your needs.
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The Quick Haul features a seat post and stem that telescope up and down. The brand claims the fit can be adjusted “in seconds and without tools” to fit riders between 150-195cm (4ft 11in to 6ft 5in).

Tern says the Quick Haul is shorter than a regular bike, making it easier to maneuver around busy city streets or through transit hubs such as bus, train or ferry terminals.

A Tern Quick Haul owner storing the bike against a wall

Tern’s vertical parking feature in action.
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The Quick Haul also uses Tern’s vertical parking feature, which allows the bike to stay still and safe when flipped vertically to stand on its stand. This is designed to make it easier if you take the bike on a lift while transporting it, and it’s said to work as a handy home storage solution.

Tern Quick Haul Engine

Pack shot of a Bosch Performance Line motor on a Tern Quick Haul electric cargo bike

Bosch is in engine service.
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All Quick Hauls feature Bosch’s Performance Line motor and battery system, with Tern highlighting Bosch’s reliability and market ubiquity. All models are equipped with hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano drivetrains.

Tern Quick Haul Rates

The new Quick Haul range initially includes two models, the D8 and the P9.

The D8 features a Bosch Active Line Plus system, with a Shimano Acera 1×8 drivetrain.

The P9 switches to a Bosch Performance Line or Performance Line Sport system and a Shimano Alivio 1×9 drivetrain.

Tern says there will be a third model, the P5i, which will be introduced first in Europe. It has a Performance Line motor and a Shimano Nexus hub with chain, or you can opt for a Gates belt drive system.

Tern indicates that colors and specifications vary by region. Planned availability is from June.

US e-bike law

Tern priced the Quick Haul with the US e-bike law in mind.

If this law were approved in the United States, eligible persons could benefit from a tax credit of up to 30%. This can be applied toward the purchase of a new e-bike, with a benefit value of up to $900.

The Quick Haul gets you the most tax credit possible because of its price, giving you the best bike for your money.

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