Electric bicycles have taken off — literally — in recent years thanks to their Venn diagram of exercise and accessibility. But what about electric tricycles? They’ve also started popping up on streets and pathways, offering the same benefits of an electric bicycle, plus a few added features.
Thanks to their extra wheel and typically lower center of gravity, tricycles are ideal for older adults, riders with mobility issues or anyone who doesn’t feel quite steady on a two-wheeler. The wider design of a tricycle also means they have more storage room than a two-wheeler, which makes them an excellent option for running errands and carting groceries, deliveries, and other personal items (Fido, that can mean you).
So, what should you be looking for in an electrical tricycle? Here are a few terms worth noting.
Pedal Assist bikes are ideal for riders who want more of a traditional tricycle bike with a little extra power behind each pedal. The motor on a pedal-assist electric tricycle strengthens your natural pedals, thus allowing riders to go further and faster than they would on a traditional, non-electric tricycle.
Many of the tricycles on our list include a twist throttle, which turns the tricycle into a motorized mode of transportation. Riders can stop pedaling when the throttle is engaged and ride their tricycle as if it were a motorcycle, with the motor doing all the work while the rider steers and adjusts the speed accordingly. When riding an electric tricycle in throttle mode, it’s important that riders have spent ample time getting to know their tricycle and understanding the braking system in order to keep themselves and others safe.
Our list also includes two tricycles that do not include pedals. These are often referred to as mopeds and don’t offer the same exercise element as the other tricycles on our list, but can be beneficial for riders with mobility issues or riders who want a vehicle that can help them quickly move around a large workspace, like a warehouse or outdoor venue.
Still not quite sure which tricycle style is best for you? Check out our top picks below and get ready to feel the wind in your hair. Just don’t forget your helmet.
1. EVRYjourney 250W Tricycle
We are big fans of the EVRYjourney 250W Tricycle and one look at the classically designed tricycle will likely explain why. Available in four colors, the step-through frame and wide, ergonomic design of the padded seat make this one of the most comfortable electric tricycles on the market. A large cargo space in the back and ample room to install a bike basket on the front give riders plenty of room to store their gear. With tires just under 2” wide and 26” around, the EVRYjuorney is ideal for street riding. When pedaling, riders can choose from the seven speeds built into the gears. A quick click of the throttle allows users to switch over to electric mode up to 250 Watts. The EVRYjourney has a motor that can last between 20 to 30 miles on a single charge and can handle a weight range of up to 300 pounds. At under $2,000, it’s also one of the most affordable electric tricycles available.
2. 3SCORE Electric Fat Trike
SHORT CHARGING TIME
For an electric tricycle that can go the distance and doesn’t require an extended charging period, we like the 3SCORE Electric Fat Trike. The 3SCORE has an impressive 750-Watt motor and 48V battery that can take riders 45 miles or more at a speed of 30 miles per hour. Ideal for riders who are looking for daily transportation, the 3SCORE only requires five hours to reach a full charge. A full-color screen allows riders to keep an eye on their distance and speed. A parking brake, turning signals, 4” wide tires, and a large, comfortable seat are just some of the features that make this a popular tricycle for both on and off-roading. Riders can pedal when not in a motorized mode and front and rear baskets offer plenty of storage options. When it’s time to store the 3SCORE, the bike can be folded to create a smaller profile.
3. Emojo Electric Tricycle
The Emojo Electric Tricycle is a great option for users who want a stable tricycle that can easily be locked up when not in use. The seven-speed bike is fun for riding on or off-road, with fat tires and a suspension seat with a backrest creating a comfortable ride no matter where your adventure takes you (beaches and golf courses, this means you). With a 500-Watt motor and 48-Volt battery, the Emojo has a max speed of 20 mph and can travel up to 35 mph on a single charge. Front and back baskets provide a heavy-duty cargo area. The Emojo weighs only 70 pounds but can hold up to 320 pounds. We also like that the motor can be locked into the frame by removing the key, keeping it safe when running errands, or parking in a garage.
4. MotoTec Electric Trike
NO PEDAL OPTION
The MotoTec Electric Trike is a great option for users who don’t want a traditional electric tricycle with pedals and instead need a tricycle that can get them around quickly and efficiently. Comfortable to ride while seated or even standing, the MotoTec is designed more like a three-wheeled Segway than a typical tricycle. One of the more affordable options on our list, the MotoTec is somewhat limited in its speed and distance compared to other electric tricycles, with an 800-Watt motor that can travel at a top speed of 25 miles per hour and up to 20 miles in distance on a single charge. Still, there are several benefits, including a max charging time of eight hours, a front LED headlamp, and a front storage basket.
5. Liberty Trike
BEST FOLDING DESIGN
Short on storage space? That’s not a problem with the Liberty Trike. Available in 10 colors, the Liberty Trike has one of the most compact folding designs available and can fit in most hatchback cars and through just about any standard doorway. When assembled, the trike weighs 56 pounds but can withstand an impressive 400-pound weight limit. A split-twist throttle allows riders to hit a max speed of 12 mph and even back into spaces. The Liberty Trike, which includes a single-speed pedal option, can travel up to 20 miles on a single three-hour charge. An easy-to-read LCD display screen is included and a wide seat with a padded backrest creates a comfortable ride.
6. Pedego Trike
BEST FOR RIDING IN THE RAIN
For a tricycle that has a splurge-worthy price tag that goes towards keeping riders safe, there’s the Pedego Trike. The tricycle features a low center of gravity and extended wheelbase to give riders a secure feel, while bright front and rear lights and a waterproof throttle connection and LCD screen mean the Pedego is safe to ride even in less-than-ideal conditions. Riders can cruise up to 33 miles on the Pedego motor using the twist throttle to control their speed. Using the throttle, the bike can go up to 7 mph with motor assistance or 11 mph with pedal and motor assistance. A comfortable seat with an adjustable backrest and large enclosed back cargo area all help make the Pedego a comfortable and safe ride that is packed with added conveniences.
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7. M-340 Electric Fat Trike
BEST FOR LONG DISTANCES
For a tricycle that can go the distance, literally, there’s the newly updated M-340 Electric Fat Trike. Using 750 Watts of nominal power, the tricycle can travel up to 55 miles on a single charge. Unlike most electric tricycles, it can also easily climb hills and has an impressive 350-pound capacity plus 100 pounds for cargo. The M-340 features pedals as well as a middle leg board for when you want to rest your feet while cruising. The twist grip throttle with a power-cut switch makes it easy to access the tricycle’s motor on demand. An integrated headlamp and brake light are powered by a battery that doesn’t have to be charged. Ideal for riding on or off-road, the 4” tires sit on a spring suspension fork that reduces bumps for a more comfortable ride.
8. Fat Grizzly Fat Tires 3 Wheel Electric Scooter Moped
FITS TWO RIDERS
For a no-pedal tricycle that can comfortably seat up to two riders, there’s the Fat Grizzly Fat Tires 3 Wheel Electric Scooter Moped. The Fat Grizzly can travel up to 20 miles on a single charge, with a twist throttle that allows for two speed options of 12 or 18 mph. The 2000 Watt motor sits inside the sturdy frame of the Fat Grizzly, which includes a LED display, a loud alarm and horn, a bright headlight and brake light, and front and rear turning signals. A remote start for added convenience is also included in the Fat Grizzly, which has a max weight capacity of 350 pounds, making it one of the larger tricycles on our list. Ideal for roads and trails, the Fat Grizzly has a quiet motor that also makes it practical for use in suburban areas while walking pets or riding bikes with kids.