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VUF Bikes

Electrically assisted three-wheeled bicycle for the transport of bulky loads

December 2020
Gallery VUF Bikes 1
Gallery VUF Bikes 1


VUF is a brand of cargo bikes whose objective is to decarbonize the business of professionals operating in town centres or on closed sites with motorized vehicles. These are three-wheeled bicycles equipped with electric assistance, robust, compact and 100% modular, specific to the transport of large loads and volumes (up to 250kg for a volume of 1.7m3) in urban areas, industrial and all-terrain. They are equipped with boxes, bins, and / or trailers. This high level of modularity allows us to meet a multitude of uses: transport of equipment, collection of waste, cleanliness of roads, management of green spaces, maintenance, delivery of packages/meals/lessons, etc. Twenty times lighter and six times more compact than a light commercial vehicle (LCV) for equivalent quantities of loads, volumes or people transported. The VUF is a response to urban decongestion.

Label Date December 2, 2020
From France
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

Implementation Stories

VUF Bikes by VUF Bikes
Implemented by Oleorecycling in Toulouse (France) in 2018

Oleorecycling, a French leader in the collection of used edible oils, decided to reduce its logistics costs in the city center by using VUF bikes to collect waste from restaurants in downtown Toulouse. In the past, for the same volume transported, Oleorecycling achieved around 24,000 km per year in a 3.5 Tonne light vehicle. Currently, this same vehicle only travels 3,400 km per year to deliver to a downtown last mile delivery logistic center (“the VUF room”), and, from there, the VUF does the rest by delivering to the city center.


-25 kg of co2 emitted per day, -20% working time & -12% logistic costs


The environmental benefits

  • VUF is equipped with an internally developed pendulum steering, which makes it possible to correct slopes and prevent the load from tipping over in bends - comfortable, safe and similar to a two-wheeled bicycle
  • VUF is very modular thanks to its removable fixing plate & its hitch ball, which allow it to be equipped with body, bin or trailer depending on the activity and the need
  • The VUF, in addition to electric assist, has a dual transmission allowing it to tow more load than a normal cargo bike effortlessly
  • A light commercial vehicle (LCV) emits 25 kg of CO2 equivalent per day - replacing them with bike-cargo solutions would eliminate these emissions and help reduce pollution by 99% / km.
  • With ≈ 6 times smaller environmental footprint than a motor vehicle for equivalent quantities of loads, volumes or people transported, VUF is a solution for urban decongestion
  • Replacing LCVs with cargo bikes would eliminate noise pollution calculated at 150 decibels per LCV

The Financial benefits

  • In LCV, the delivery person spends 25% of the time in an urban environment is spent in traffic making VUF 4 times faster
  • On a cargo bike, the cost of use is divided by 10 and the cost of purchase by 3

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Portugal, France,



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Company Profile

VUF Bikes

VUFBikes is a brand of electrically assisted cargo bikes for professionals Operating in urban areas or on closed sites

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Headquarters 33000 Bordeaux, France
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