As Berlin tries to switch to greener transport, people are choosing the bike, not the electric car – and it’s becoming a status symbol
In a fashionable corner of the capital of Germany, Europe’s “car nation”, parents picking up or dropping off their offspring have lined the edge of a popular playground with luxury vehicles. There are summery convertibles, wood-panelled multi-seaters and slim racers – but none of them has four wheels.
Jan Edler, an architect, has picked up his son Laszlo from daycare with a Bullitt, a Danish-built cargo bike with a platform spacious enough to fit the one-year-old and the daily grocery shopping.
39,200 electric cargo bikes were sold in Germany in 2018, compared with 36,062 electric cars
Volkswagen launched its own cargo bike but was met with scathing reviews by the bike communityFour wheels bad, but three sehr gut. Germans climb aboard cargo bikes
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