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 80 lbs. per bike.

 

 

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.

 

 

I have heard that the Saris Cycle On Pro makes for a good e-bike car rack because it can carry 2 e-bikes at 60 lbs. each.

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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  1. Deerfencer February 6, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    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.

    • Pete at Electric Bike Report February 6, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Deerfencer,

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience of the Saris rack. It is always great to get input from people who have used these products for long periods of time.

  2. Patrick Murray June 18, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    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.

    • Miriam Goldsmith August 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      Can you get the Westfalia in the US?

      • Pete September 3, 2012 at 8:24 am #

        Hi Miriam, I found this online:

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Westfalia-Automotive-350010600001-Bicycle-Carrier/dp/B007KG3M6G

        If you live in the US I think you can order from Amazon UK. You should verify this.

        You might check with your local VW dealership too.

        • Miriam Goldsmith September 3, 2012 at 8:28 am #

          We’re getting close! That is a transport box for the carrier. But calling a VW dealership is a great idea. Thanks Pete!

          • Pete September 3, 2012 at 9:17 am #

            Hi Miriam, Great point. I just updated the link to a listing of this on Amazon UK.

  3. Miriam Goldsmith September 3, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    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.

    • Miriam Goldsmith September 4, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      I found the US Distributer.

      eurohitches.com

      Owner of the site: Nick Barnes
      nick@oemplus.com

      • Pete September 4, 2012 at 8:51 am #

        Nice work Miriam! Thanks for sharing that with us! If you get it, please let us know your thoughts on that bike carrier.

  4. laura vivit January 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    How does that Thule electric bike carrier fit with an Infiniti G35 bumper? year 2003?

  5. Lawrence Hill April 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    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?

    • Chris April 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      This rack can hold up to 200 pounds, and can handle any frame style; http://www.uprightdesigns.com
      Works great with electric bikes!

    • Pete April 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      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.

  6. Alejandro B May 6, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    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 .

  7. Norm August 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    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 August 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      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

  8. Fran Warburton June 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    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!

  9. LEN HAMBLETON June 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    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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