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 (up to 58”) and features heavy duty wheel holders and a front support frame. There is also the option for a wider wheel holder for fat bike tires.
The rack folds up when not in use, tilts down for easy cargo access and includes a keyed alike locking hitch pin and security cable. Features patented “no wobble-no tools” hitch tightening system. For 2” hitches only.
Here is the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider for electric bikes assembly and bike loading video. It shows the rack folded and tilted.
Hollywood also makes the Rack Valet. The Rack Valet is the first mobile bike rack storage and transportation system. Easily attach your bike rack into either the 1-1/4″ or 2″ slot on the rack valet and then roll it out to your vehicle. Some bike Racks can weight up to 90 pounds, so save yourself the trouble (and back pain) and roll your rack right out to your car.
The new Hollywood Sport Rider SE is designed for cargo bikes with more spacing between the bikes to allow for runner boards found on many cargo bikes.
This rack can carry 2 cargo bikes or 1 cargo bike and a fat tire bike or traditional tire size bike.
The rack can be tilted and folded as shown above.
The Hollywood Sport Rider SE designed for cargo bikes is priced at $499.99 and you can learn more about it here.
The Hollywood RV Rider carries 2 E-bikes (up to 80 lbs. each) on the back of an RV Motorhome, a 5th wheel or a flat towed vehicle.
It can carry two 80 pound electric bikes with options for Fat tire and Cargo bikes as well. This also has tilt and folding capabilities like the Sport Rider SE.
The RV Rider starts at $549.99.
The Thule 9032 Easyfold E-Bike Rack is designed for electric bikes and can accommodate 2 eBikes weighing 66 pounds each. It has a removable ramp for easy loading and unloading of your bikes. The Snug-Tite receiver lock virtually eliminates hitch rack movement in receiver and locks the hitch rack to the vehicle.
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!
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!
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.
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