Comparing Cargo Ebike: HovCart and RadRunner 3 Plus, Who Hauls It All?

Comparing Cargo Ebike: HovCart and RadRunner 3 Plus, Who Hauls It All?

In the grand world of ebike, there are tons of choices, but one kind of ebike is the rising star: cargo ebike. It is specially designed to carry large, heavy loads of people. Riders adore it for its power, functionality, versatility and utility. They can even replace car trips or be used as food or package delivery vehicles!

There are a few choices of cargo ebike that stand out, and most brand names have a cargo model. In the previous articles, we have compared Hovsco’s HovCart with Velotric’s Packer 1, Aventon’s Abound and Himiway's Big Dog.

In this article, we will compare HovCart with another cargo ebike from a name brand, the RadRunner 3 Plus from RadPower ebikes. Let’s learn about the differences between them so you’ll know which is the best choice for you.

Main Difference

 

HovCart

RadRunner 3 Plus

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Price

Starting from $1799(contact social@hovsco.com for this deal)

$2299

HovCart’s price is significantly lower than RadRunner 3 Plus, reaching a gap of $500. With such an affordable price, HovCart still offers superior performance. Please read on to learn about its advantages.

Battery

720Wh

672Wh

The battery capacity of HovCart is 107% of RadRunner 3 Plus’s. The larger capacity of HovCart's batteries allows riders to cover greater distances on a single charge, providing a distinct advantage in range. This advantage means riders can enjoy longer journeys without the hassle of frequent recharging.

Sensor

Torque sensor

Cadence sensor

If you want a natural riding feeling on an ebike, torque sensor is the way to go. What sensor does it to tell the motor how much power to provide. A torque sensor senses how hard you are pedaling. It results in a ride that feels a lot like riding a regular bike. A cadence sensor just senses when you are pedaling and accelerates. With this sensor, you can "ghost pedal"--just rotate the pedals with no resistance, and still go fast. People who are avid bike riders tend to appreciate a torque sensor.

Maximum Range

60 miles

45 miles

The difference in range results from the difference between the two ebikes’ battery capacity and weight. The bigger the battery capacity and the lighter it is, the more range the ebike is able to cover.

Payload capacity

450 lb

350 lb

HovCart’s payload capacity is 100 lb larger than RadRunner 3 Plus’s. This not only helps HovCart accommodate a border range of riders such as those with heavier weights, but also enables the rider to carry more additional cargo on the ebike, fulfilling its hauling mission.

Top speed

28mph

20mph

The difference in the two ebikes’ top speeds results from several factors, including battery performance, weight difference and distribution. Reaching 28mph, HovCart can be a Class 2 and Class 3 ebike according to settings, while RadRunner 3 Plus can only be a Class 2 ebike.

Tire size

20" x 4"

20" x 3.3"

The tire size impacts rider’s riding experience and comfort level. The wider tires of HovCart offer a broader contact surface with the ground, and therefore providing enhanced stability and traction.

Throttle

Thumb throttle

Half twist throttle

The thumb throttle of HovCart provides riders with easy and straightforward control. Its design allows for fluent acceleration, making it user-friendly especially for beginners. RadRunner 3 Plus's half-twist throttle is great at precise speed control, but using it for a long period could lead to wrist pain.

Integrated Battery

Yes

Semi-integrated

The integrated battery design not only features a sleek look on the ebike, but also has practical features. The bike frame can prevent water, dust and dirt from polluting the battery, but also protect it from potential damage from falls.

Charger

54.6V 3 Amp

48V, 2 Amp

The higher spec of HovCart’s charger means that it has a faster charging speed, allowing riders to wait less time on charging and offering them a carefree overall experience.

Bike length

73.62"

72.5"

The two ebikes are about the same size, but HovCart is 1 inch slightly longer than RadRunner 3 Plus, so there is more cargo space at the back, offering more cargo capabilities.

Weight

66.4 lb

75.5 lb

HovCart’s weight is significantly smaller than RadRunner 3 Plus’s. Lighter ebike enables the rider to control and maneuver, making it great for beginners and riders with less strength. The lighter weight also helps HovCart to reach higher speeds.     

 HovCart cargo ebike has plently of power to haul one or two kids.

After learning their differences, we’ll dive into all the specs of these two ebikes to give you a full understanding of their performances.

Electrical components

 

HovCart

RadRunner 3 Plus

Motor

750W geared hub motor

750W geared hub motor

Battery

720Wh

672Wh

Sensor

Torque sensor

Cadence sensor

Pedal Assist

5 levels

5 levels

Throttle

Thumb throttle

Half twist throttle

Lights

Headlight and integrated taillight

Headlight and integrated taillight

Display

HD LCD display

HD LCD display

Integrated Battery

Yes

Semi-integrated

Charger

54.6V 3 Amp

48V, 2 Amp

Summary: Both ebikes are very strong with the 750W motor. Both have 5 PAS levels, integrated lights and HD display for smart riding. But HovCart’s battery, sensor and charger are much better than RadRunner 3 Plus’s.

Mechanical components

 

HovCart

RadRunner 3 Plus

Step-over and step-thru

Step-thru

Step-thru

Bike length

73.62"

72.5"

Color options

Orange and gray

Charcoal and moss green

Tire size

20" x 4"

20" x 3.3"

Brake

Hydraulic disc brake with 180mm rotors

Hydraulic disc brake with 180mm rotors

Suspension Fork

Front suspension with  lockout

Front suspension with  lockout

Frame

Aluminum

Aluminum

Crankset

170 mm crank length, 48T chainring

170 mm crank length, 48T chainring

Weight

66.4 lb

75.5 lb

Accessories

Optional purchase

Optional purchase

Summary: For the mechanical components, both ebikes use very superior parts, such as hydraulic brake, front suspension and 48T chainring. But HovCart’s wider tires and lighter weight offer more level of control.

Performance

 

HovCart

Rad Runner 3 Plus

Maximum Range

60 miles

45 miles

Payload capacity

450 lbs

350 lb

Top Speed

28 mph

20mph

Price

Starting from $1799(contact social@hovsco.com for this deal)

$2299

Summary: With the better components, HovCart provides a superior performance while with a lower price range.

Conclusion

Even with a much lower price, HovCart is superior to RadRunner 3 Plus in key factors, including battery, range, sensor and payload capacity.

Check out HovCart cargo ebike

A cargo ebike can be a life changer! It can haul

- backpacks and gym bags;

- work tools;

- groceries;

- plants and flowers;

- one or two kids;

- packages.

Suitable for parents, stay-at-homes, delivery workers, people who constantly need to haul things around.

 


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