Guide to Car Racks for Electric Bikes

Are you looking for a good way to carry your electric bike on your car?  This can be a tricky issue because traditional bike-car racks are designed to carry non electric bikes that are generally half the weight of an electric bike.

After doing some research I have come up with a few options that will work for electric bikes.

Here is a tip: Remove the batteries from the e-bikes and transport them in your car to reduce the weight on the rack.

Be careful not to store them in the car if you are in a really hot or cold place because that can damage the battery.

Electric Bike-Car Racks:

 

The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider for electric bikes carries 2 electric bikes and features heavy duty wheel holders and a front support frame.  The weight capacity is 75 lbs. per bike.

 

Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Angle

The Saris Freedom SuperClamp.

 

The Saris Freedom SuperClamp (2 bike system) can carry 2 – 60 lbs bikes. The rack itself only weighs 30 lbs which makes it easier to install or remove from the vehicle. It has front and rear wheel hooks that secure the bike and it looks like attachment and removal of the bike is pretty easy.  Carrying bikes with longer wheelbases (medium wheelbase recumbents, cruisers, cargo bikes, etc.) can be handled with the Saris Long Wheelbase bar. All Saris racks are made in the USA!

 

Saris Freedom 2 Bike Angle

The Saris Freedom.

 

The Saris Freedom (2 bike system) can carry 2 – 60 lbs bikes. The rack weighs 21 lbs for easy install/removal from the vehicle. This rack will handle almost any type of bike due to its dual sliding wheel trays and center post mounted frame cradle pivots 360 degrees. Carrying bikes with longer wheelbases (medium wheelbase recumbents, cruisers, cargo bikes, etc.) can be handled with the Saris Long Wheelbase bar. All Saris racks are made in the USA!

 

 

The Thule EuroPower 916 E-Bike Rack is truly designed for electric bikes.  It even includes a loading ramp to simply roll your ebike into place.

 

Yakima HoldUp hitch rack

Yakima HoldUp hitch rack

 

I contacted Yakima to see what their recommendation was for e-bikes and they recommended the Yakima HoldUp hitch rack.  This is a rack that can hold 2 – 60 lbs. bikes.

 

That’s it for now.  I will be adding more car racks to this guide as I find more.

If you know of other car racks that can handle electric bikes please leave your comments in the section below.

Thanks!

-Pete

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Comments

  1. Deerfencer says

    I’ve had the Saris rack you show here for a number of years and love it for hauling my 65lb Tidalforce S750X. Very sturdy and easy to use. I add a few bungees just to be sure the clamps stay in pace. Flips up when not in use in just seconds.

  2. says

    If your car has a towbar fitted, the Westfalia BC 60 Bicycle Carrier is capable of taking 2 Electric Bicycles with a combined payload of 60KG. German engineering and folds down to very compact when not in use.

  3. Miriam Goldsmith says

    Thanks for your help Pete!
    I see Saris and Yakima, but no Westfalia on Amzaon UK. Oh well,
    I’ll check with the parts dept at my local VW dealership tomorrow. I like the new Thule Euro Power, but it is so expensive! The Westfalia is probably around the same price and more for shipping overseas, so I’ll probably wait until next summer and get the Thule. Hopefully the price will go down a bit.

  4. says

    Hello,
    I drive a mini van and I can not put a hitch on it. I have found a bike rack that hooks on to the back door/hatch on the top and bottom. M y question is,”If I buy the rack for 2 bicycles, do you think it will be strong enough for a Pedego Cruiser? Can you recommend any hanging racks?

    • Pete says

      Hi Lawrence, using a rack that supports 2 traditional bikes for 1 e-bike should work. I would still recommend removing the battery to make the e-bike easier to lift onto the rack.

      Here is hanging rack for a minivan that looks very sturdy and gets good reviews. It is made for 4 traditional bikes so you may be able to carry 2 e-bikes with the batteries removed.

  5. says

    That means that extra to the investment in the Electric Bike, The people have to spend at least 400$ (up to 700$) + Freight, in a base to carry the bike. Is no better to Invest in a BIke that you can fold and take it inside the car ? at the end of the day, will be less stuff to carry on and maybe less money spent .

  6. Norm says

    Your list of bike racks for electric bikes was fine, but did not mention any of them that had a ‘swing-away” capability to allow access to hatchback vehicles with bikes still in the rack. I know they exist….

    • Pete says

      Hi Norm,

      This guide is focused on racks that have been specifically recommended as racks that can carry e-bikes. If I find some e-bike racks that can swing out, I will add them to the guide. If you know of some please let us know.

      Thanks

      Pete

  7. Fran Warburton says

    The new Thule Easyfold 931 will carry upto 2 electric bikes with a load capacity of 2 x 30kgs. It attaches to the tow bar and it will fold up so you can store it in your car boot.

    Not particularly cheap but none of them seem to be!

  8. says

    Hi Pete,
    Wehave a Hollywood 2 bike car rack but it takes 2 of us to lft our Pedegos simultaneously.
    Sure would be nice to find an electric platform to run off car’s trailer electric socket and take the effort out of lifting 60 pound bikes and spare our rotater cuffs!
    Anyone out there found one?

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