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12 Best Electric Bike Car Hitch Racks 2022 | Carrier Reviews

Wondering “Which car rack is best for e-bikes?” You’re not the only one with the question; “How do I know which is the right e-bike rack for me?”.

The rapidly growing popularity of electric bicycles, as well as taking them along with the car to go on cycling trips, has spiked interest in dedicated racks. Here we will explain everything there is to know about picking the right rack for your needs.

There are various considerations to be made when determining which is the best hitch rack for electric bikes. See our extensive buying guide below to learn more. First, let’s delve in to the most popular, well-reviewed platform-style racks on the market today.


The rundown: the best e-bike car racks on the market

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1. Thule Easyfold XT2    the best full-featured e bike rack available

2. Swagman Current    best low budget electric bike rack

3. Vibrelli’s V70   our top pick value for money e-bike carrier

4. Weize platform rack   cheapest rack that still offers a lot of quality

5. Overdrive Sport 2   great choice if stability and lots of features are a must

6. Hollywood HR1450Z-E   best option for heavy e-bikes ( + a cargo e-bike rack)

7. Buzz Rack Approach   popular affordable yet versatile rack

8. Rocky Mounts Backstage   only rack on the market that both tilts and swings away

9. Saris Freedom 2 Bike Hitch      best light-weight option

10. Kuat NV 2.0    best rack for a wide range of different e-bikes

11. Saris Superclamp  max. bike capacity, 2 e-bikes + 2 normal bikes

12. Hyperax Volt  best e-bike carrier for RV’s and travel trailers

12. FAQ    frequently asked questions

We’ve spent hundreds of hours reviewing various types of carriers for transporting lithium-battery powered e-bikes. Typically, recommendations done by leading retail e-bike companies who have been testing top brands as well as lesser known brands for the past years correspond with our top picks.

We’ve compiled this top 12 of the best e-bike racks on the following criteria; a. stability, b. security, c. ease of use (on and off-loading/ installing and storing the rack), d. price.

Here we go…

Reviews of the Top 12 Best e-Bike Racks

1. Best feature-rich car rack for e-bikes: Thule Easyfold XT2

top brand, full featured rack –  130lbs, 65 lbs per bike  –  fits 1.25″ and 2″ receivers

The compact and robust Thule Easyfold XT2 weighs 45 lb (17.9 kg) making it not as heavy as some of its competitors. Loading and unloading bikes is easy. Only positioning the bikes towards the clamps might take some effort, especially in the beginning.


Mounting is easy and can be done either with or without the use of tools and nonetheless clamps on securely.

Has an integrated, completely foldable onboarding ramp for easy storage and handling. No more breaking your back lifting heavy e-bikes but much more effortlessly rolling your bikes up the rack.

The rack itself is completely foldable and can be effortlessly stored away thanks to its transport wheels and carry handle. (folds up to approx. the size of a carry-on suitcase).

On top of that it has casters for even more convenient handling. The rear cargo space stays accessible due to a smart tilting that is operated via ‘smart foot pedal tilt’.

The bikes as well as the rack itself can be locked through the lockable receiver and rack arms with the One-Key Lock System. A breath of fresh air compared to other bike racks is that there’s no need to reach down and insert a bolt.

The Thule Easy Fold is one of the more expensive e-bike compatible racks. You get what you pay for as this high-end rack is at the top of the segment in terms of usability and features.

It comes with lots of features that many other racks don’t have such as; reflectors, brake light plug-ins, a license plate holder, and a carbon fiber frames protector. The Thule Easyfold XT2 is one of the few racks that accommodates bikes with fenders whereas for instances Thule’s T2 Pro XT 2 does not. Meaning it hauls premium line stylish fendered bikes such as the VanMoof S3 and S5 without a problem.

Thule’s Road Dampening Technology (RDT) are essentially padded clamps that ensure there will be no abrasions on the bikes due to vibration.

What’s more is that when you buy a Thule rack you purchase a brand that is renowned for its well-built, cleverly designed, long-lasting products. Their customer service is top notch and the Thule company is known for incorporating feedback from their customers in their racks.


Securing bikes isn’t as intuitive as some other e bike racks on the market. When the rack is folded up while attached to the hitch it still protrudes about 2′ from the car’s rear end.

Two red reflectors warn traffic from behind but it could still be a potential safety hazard. For this reason users indicate they prefer to take the rack off completely and store it in the car.

The rack doesn’t have actual tire trays or dips. Its tire groves are superficial, shallow and run the entire length of the rack.

It might not be the best rack for fat tire bikes. According to Thule, the T2 Pro holds up to 5″ tires, the EasyFold about 3″ to 4″ depending on the thread size.

The loading ramp extends to max. 48″ which isn’t high enough for larger vehicles.

The most critical users claim that the price isn’t reflected back in its build quality as a lot of parts are plastic. The ramp isn’t as robust as one could hope for.

The quick clamp arms base is plastic which causes some users the concern that it can be broken off by thieves in order to take the bikes.

Read reviews here.


2. Best budget car rack for e-bikes: Swagman Current

high quality budget buy  –  120 lbs, 60 lbs per bike, hitch mount  – fits 1.25″ and 2″ receivers

One aspect that makes the affordable Swagman Current stand out is its versatility as it accommodates not just e-bikes but also heavy MTB’s and fat bikes (tires up to 5 inches wide). The rack weighs 33 lbs.


Can be easily tilted away to reach the back of the car without having to unload bicycles from the rack.

Its robustness is another advantage as the rack is almost completely made out of steel. The only plastic parts are the top tube hook ratchets and the release levers. Robust metal wheel trays – instead of common plastic- are another feature that make this rack stand out.

The Current comes with a locking receiver pin, and a cable lock. Bicycles are secured with ratcheting hooks with incorporated locks. All locks are operated with the same key.

High quality clamps make sure your bikes are sufficiently tight to keep accidents from happening. As it clamps the top tube you’ll be able to carry various types of e-bikes with and without fenders.

It can be easily folded up against the car to minimize its size while being parked. Fits both 2″ and 1 1/4″ receivers. Swagman is known for its grade A service and warranty.


Minor rattling sound may occur when driving over potholes or bumps with an unloaded rack.

The Swagman Current is a well-reviewed budget buy that can compete with considerably more expensive high-end brand names.

Purchase here.


3. Best value for money car rack for e-bikes: Vibrelli’s V70

versatile, affordable, sturdy, solid, safe, ease of use, with many features  –  65 lbs per bike –  fits 2″ receivers

car rack for electric bikes

Initially we hadn’t included the relatively affordable, versatile, high quality Vibrelli tray-style e-bike rack in this overview. After having used this rack ourselves, being able to put it to the test hauling world-traveling cyclist Sven’s quite bulky, big tired, custom-made frame with triple crown fork e-bike and various more conventional (off-road) e-bikes, we knew it’s a shame the Vibrelli wasn’t on this list.

So here it is. Our top pick e-bike rack for most people.

Why get this carrier? The Vibrelli V70 hitch rack lets you lug around mountain bikes, fat tire bikes, road bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide on regular cars, pickup trucks and SUV’s with a minimum of 12″ hitch-to-ground clearance. It has no issues carrying popular e-bikes such as the Rad Power Bikes’ Radmission or the Aventon Adventure e-bike.


It’s foldable for efficient storage (also folds up while still attached to the hitch) and can be tilted away via a quick release foot pedal so you can reach the trunk. So no reaching your arm between the (muddy) frames to reach a pin.

Three locks (in the hitch bar tightening knob, in the attachment hooks so the bikes can’t be lifted, and a separate locking cable) let you secure the rack to your car and the bikes to the rack.

What we really like is the attention to details (they give away the fact that the Vibrelli folks are cyclists themselves). Take for instance the rubber padding that protect the rims.

Or the fact that the center hooks that clamp to the e-bike frames are padded and so tightly secured that there is no friction. The anti-vibration lock contributes to this stability.

If you’re lucky, depending on your specific bike, the carrier may accommodate your step-through frame bikes without the need to add a cross bar. However in general for step thru and or women’s bikes you do need a frame adapter.

What’s more, Vibrelli are known to offer stellar customer support.


No the most light-weight rack at 44 lbs. The crucial cradles are made of plastic. Doesn’t fold up specifically for garage storage like some other racks do. Not suitable for RVs and trailers.


If you’re looking for a high quality rack at a great price point that pretty much has all the features the higher end more expensive racks have, the Vibrelli is hard to beat.

Order here.


4. Best cheap platform rack for e-bikes: WEIZE

robust, less than $200, tilt away,  2 x 60 lbs – 120 lbs max weight capacity, only for 2″ receivers

best e-bike car rack under $200

Feel an e-bike rack purchase shouldn’t be brutal on your wallet? Don’t need all the bells and whistles but just a quality carrier you can work with? Consider the highly affordable WEIZE hitch e-bike rack.

It’s a basic rack, stripped down of many high-end features yet since it’s constructed of reinforced steel it’s sturdy. Moreover, it’s quite versatile as it fits all kinds of e-bikes, from understated city bikes to fat tire e-bikes with large frames.


More specifically, the WEIZE rack accommodates small and big bikes with 17″ to 29″ wheels and up to 5″ tires and wheelbases up to 63-1/3″ thanks to the sliding V-shaped wheel holders. This rack hauls various e-bikes such as two Super73’s without issues.

Wheels are strapped to the rack with velcro straps. In addition its hook bars also clamp on step-thru bikes so there’s no need to purchase additional parts. You can adjust the removable platform to carry just one or two e-bikes.

At this low price, yet still providing the tilt away feature for easy trunk access while bikes are loaded, the WEIZE offers remarkably much value for money. Keep in mind that the cheapest model doesn’t fold up for easy storage but a slightly pricier version does.

Comes with a hitch tightener to prevent wobbling and swaying, foam padded clamp to prevent bike paint scratches, a hitch lock, and a safety strap. The rack’s own weight is 38.54 lbs.


Might not be the best carrier for if you plan on traveling bumpy, rocky roads as it could wobble a bit according to some users. Not made for swing-out tailgates. Assembly requires a large, non-standard Allen wrench which isn’t included.

Why get this carrier? When it comes to budget e-bike racks, are there even less expensive options out there? Possibly. But this e-bike carrier offers a sweet spot between a friendly price and good quality that’s hard to beat.

How does it vary from our other budget picks? If the rack’s stability or customer support and company prestige are of importance to you then we’d recommend to go for either the Swagman or Vibrelli rack. If your budget doesn’t exceed $200 and you can live with the chance on slight wobbling then the Weize could be your best bet.

Purchase here.


5. Best stable car rack for e-bikes: KAC Overdrive Sport K1 and K2

modestly priced- well-reviewed – stable- versatile  –  120 lbs, 60 lbs per bike  –  fit separately 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers

Be done with cheap rattling bike racks by investing in the KAC Overdrive Sport K1 and K2 which utilizes a patented anti-wobble system. The quality built, very sturdy and stable, almost entirely made out of metal carrier keeps your heavy e-bikes steady even on bumpy roads.

You can tilt down the rack to open the trunk while bikes are loaded. The load and unload process is almost effortless.

The KAC K1 platform tray style carrier weighs 50.5 lbs and fits 1 1/4″  hitch receivers. KAC’s K2 is a 2″ hitch carrier that comes in two versions, one carries two bikes, the other will let you haul up to 4 bikes.

Besides electric bikes, thanks to its adjustable 5″ wide heavy duty wheel cradles, it accommodates fat tire and standard bicycles as well and can be used as a single carrier too.

Do note that bikes are held by the top tube (also called cross bar) so if you want to haul bikes with a step-through frame (a.k.a. step-through frame or open frame) you will need an optional adapter.

Haul your e-bikes safely and securely with this stable, versatile platform type bike rack. No more wobbling, no more expensive, shiny bikes scratching each other.


Totally made out of metal save a few plastic parts such as knobs. The tubes and welds are robust and professionally put together. Doesn’t shake, no matter what kind of e-bikes you lug around. Hauls fat bikes and traditional bikes and even e-cargo bikes such as a RadWagon cargo bike.

It also, for instance, carries the RadCity, Lectric folding e-bike simultaneously. Nor is bringing your two beloved R, S, or Z series “Super73® Electric Motorbikes” a problem for this rack as you can see in this YouTube video.

Comes with a keyed lock to secure the hitch pin.


Not the lightest rack. Bulky when in storage. Tires are secured with velcro straps. Despite the patented anti-wobble feature the rack might wobble a bit if a hitch extender is used but this easily fixed.

Check out prices and reviews of the K1 1/4″ carrier and the  K2 (2″ hitch carrier)


6. Best car rack for heavy e-bikes: Hollywood HR1450Z-E

the Hercules among e-bike racks – carries 160 lbs, two bikes of 80 lbs each!  –  fits 2″ receivers

The Hollywood HR1450Z-E is a premium choice for heavy e-bikes as this durable carrier lets you haul a whopping two 80 pounds e-bikes. It’s the electric bicycle version of the well-reviewed Sport Rider SE2. Rack weight: 51 lbs.


Besides its extraordinary load capacity of 80lbs per bike, 160 lbs in total, it has the same features many other racks have, too. These include; extra robust wheel holders, tilt away function for rear cargo access (simply pull the locking pin and tilt*), locking frame hooks, and that it is foldable for convenient storage. On top of that the rack folds flat against the car when not in use while still mounted.

* Critical note, with two heavy e-bikes loaded it’s recommended to do the pulling of the stop pin and pivoting away from the trunk with two persons.

This heavy duty e-bicycle rack is a great choice if you want to bring extra heavy bikes. Thanks to its extra wide tire holders you can get it to fit standard tires (up to 3″ wide) or, with the optional set of fat tire slots, you can fit fat tires (up to 5″ wide). Alternatively, consider the HR1450 fat tire model. It’s suitable for bikes with fenders too.

Assembling the carrier isn’t totally tool-free, however it’s easy, even for those with two left hands. In the past Hollywood racks were known to be hard to put together. Not anymore as the company improved on this point too.

One of the main advantages of this rack is that it’s tough. It’s stable and built to last. Yet here lies one of its disadvantages as well.


Because it has such a high load capacity and is built for stability and durability it’s heavy. It might take two people to load two e-bikes. While one loads the bike, the other adjusts the wheel sockets.

Only fits 2″ hitch receivers. Keep in mind that 1.25″ to  2″ adapters don’t work on this carrier.

Another downside is that it doesn’t come with a loading ramp. So not only do you need some physical prowess to lift the approx. 50 lbs weighing rack to attach it to the hitch but you’ll need to be able to lift your e-bikes on it as well.

Read about customer experiences here.


Looking for a dedicated rack for cargo e-bikes?

As, especially long tail, cargo e-bikes are particularly heavy and bulky you’ll probably need a specific carrier. Luckily, Hollywood Racks have thought about this and designed the Sport Rider SE HR1450Z-W. The Z Series is a 2″ carrier specifically designed and built for lugging 2 electric cargo bikes.

It has the same weight capacity as the aforementioned carrier, namely 80 lbs per bike. Its extra long armed, robust wheel holders accommodate tires up to 3″ wide. Padded, ratcheting hooks lock along the cargo e-bike’s vertical mast.

Thanks to its ability to haul bikes with a wheelbase up to 60″ this heavy duty rack will allow you to carry your beloved long wheelbase e-bikes such as the Mycle Cargo or Yuba Mundo without issues. Just one thing could make it even better, if it came with a ramp.


Happen to own a Tern GSD cargo e-bike and want to know what your options are in terms of hauling your bulky e-bike on a hitch rack?

Reddit r/CargoBike and the Tern GSD official Facebook page second the use of Hollywood racks. In case of the HR1500 and a Gen 1 Enviolo hub GSD, a 20” wheel adapter for the rear wheel is required to clear the chain tensioner.

Other options that support the Tern’s weight and fit its wheelbase include the 1up Super Duty Single, the Yakima Foldclick and Thule Easyfold XT 2 (stock wheelstraps are too short, though. However, this carrier comes with a ramp). Some cargo bike owners mention they satisfactorily use the Kuat NV 2.0 carrier to haul their GSD, even though it doesn’t officially support its weight.


7. Best budget car rack for e-bikes: BUZZ RACK Approach

great design at budget price-  capacity: 55 lbs per bike, 110 lbs in total

Just like the aforementioned e-bike compatible bike racks the BUZZRACK Approach platform hitch rack, too, features a hitch pin lock, integrated bicycle locks and the possibility to tilt down the rack with the bikes mounted. Carrier weight: 38 lbs. Clamps on the top tube.


What’s more is that it has padded bicycle frame clamps and is foldable for convenient storage. Basically, this lesser known brand offers all the features, stability, and robustness that the premium brands do yet at a more wallet-friendly price.

This rack is designed to accommodate not just e-bikes but fat bikes and heavy downhill bikes as well. Besides its versatility it’s cleverly engineered which results in a rack that’s easy to use, effortlessly adjustable, steady as a rock and durable.

Contrary to some other racks the BUZZRACK Approach is can be loaded with bikes by just one person.


If we have to point out a disadvantage it’s the fact that the rack doesn’t come with ramp. However, this can be ordered seperately.

Read its raving reviews here.


8. Best easy cargo access rack for e-bikes: Rocky Mounts Swing Away

unique tilt feature – 60 lbs per bike, 120 lbs total capacity

Look no further if easy cargo access is your main priority. This rack is the first in its kind that has an integrated swing arm that tilts and swings away 180 degrees. (brands such as Yakima and Thule sell swing arm attachments but no other brand has this as a standard feature). Carrier weight: 75 lbs.

In other words, you can both tilt back this rack 30 degrees as well as swing it away 180 degrees for convenient trunk access. Allows you to haul 3 bikes in total.

Contrary to many other racks the RockyMounts Backstage is compatible with various vans and RV’s too. Don’t be alarmed by the seemingly longer list of cons regarding this rack as this rack offers pretty much all the benefits of more expensive A brand racks.


The cradle arms don’t have integrated locks. Instead a cable lock (included) has to be fed through the bicycle frames to secure the bikes from theft.

The Rocky Mounts Swing Away is built like a tank which aids durability and stability yet makes it rather bulky and quite heavy.  So you have to be quite fit to carry the rack to the car and mount it on the hitch.

Another aspect that might be a downside depending on your personal situation is the fact that the rack lifts your bicycles more than a foot above hitch height. So if your car’s hitch is quite high you might get into trouble when trying to enter the garage with bikes mounted.

Users report that their bikes don’t fit under their standard 7′ high garage doors when this rack is mounted on a Subaru Ascent hitch. The increased height also makes loading and unloading bikes requires more effort.

View its current price here.


9. Best light-weight car rack for e-bikes: Saris Freedom 2 Bike Hitch

this lightweight rack still has a 120 lbs total capacity!  viable option for e-bikes with fenders

lightest e-bike compatible bicycle rack that still carries up to 60 lbs

A common complaint is that e-bike carriers are too heavy. Another common issue prospective buyers have with racks is that they clamp in such a way that they squeeze fenders. Read on if this sounds familiar.


Weighing only 27 pounds, the Freedom is the least heavy e-bike rack on the market. Nonetheless it has an optional tilt feature, hauls two bikes of up to 60 lbs each and is compatible with bicycles with low crossbars, beach cruisers fenders and ladies bikes too. Want to haul fat bikes? For the Freedom are fat tire adapters available.

It’s able to carry all these different types of electric bikes because it doesn’t clamp over the top crossbar or wheels like many other racks as it utilizes under frame (down tube) clamps with protective rubber padding (cuscino encased cradles) instead.

Because of this you won’t risk damaging your fenders. Because it is ultra light but also due to a clever design, the rack is quite effortlessly installed within a few minutes. It’s exactly this portability and light weight that makes it ideal if you often have to remove and store it.

The Saris Freedom platform hitch rack comes in a regular and an EX version. The EX has as extra features; standard up to 4.5″ tire wheel trays instead of wheel trays for up to 2.25″ tires, a hitch lock, a tilt mechanism that can tilt away with the bikes loaded for cargo access as well as tilt at 90 degrees toward the car.

On top of this, the Saris Freedom has an attractive price tag costing almost half of what some of the other reviewed racks cost.


It doesn’t come with a hitch lock to avoid theft of the rack when your car is parked someplace unattended. Doesn’t come standard with tilt mechanism, however, you can order an optional universal replacement tilting base that’s compatible with all Freedom hitch racks.

Overall verdict

The lightest e-bike rack on the market offers great value for your money. Obviously you will have to compromise a bit in terms of robustness and user friendliness.

Find out more here.


10. Best ‘any tire and frame size’ e-bike rack: Kuat Racks NV 2.0

carries all kinds of e-bikes – 120 lbs max load capacity 120lbs, rack weight 56lbs

best robust e-bike car rack for hauling a wide range of different e-bikes
one of the few racks with a TrailDoc bike repair stand so you can work on your bike while on location

Another heavy-duty, versatile rack yet the Kuat NV 2.0 accommodates fat tires as well as long wheelbase bikes without having to purchase add-ons. Often compared with the Thule T2, this rack has a few features that make it stand out from its competitors. This carrier clamps on the bike wheels.


Its well-designed platform lets you haul your electric bikes without wobbling or rattling. No back-breaking efforts to lift your bikes on the rack because the Kuat features an integrated loading ramp.

Its tilt feature allows easy access to your car’s trunk. There’s plenty of space between two mounted bikes. Adjustable cradles avoid bikes touching and scratching each other.

Comes with a locking cable and a matching locking hitch pin so you can leave your car with mounted rack unattended without worrying about theft.

Mounting the rack is simple. Just slide the locking hitch pin into the receiver and turn the rubberized tension knob to secure it. Assembly of the rack itself is easy too.

Something that most racks don’t have; the NV 2.0 sports a TrailDoc work stand. Attach this to the rack so you can repair or adjust your bike while it’s still on the rack thus saving you having to haul a heavy, bulky repair stand.

You can opt to carry 4 bikes on this rack too (provided you stay within the max. load capacity). The clever use of extruded aluminum arms makes the Kuat NV 2.0 one of the lightest four bike platform racks on the market.

In order to operate the pivot lever to make the rack tilt you might require the assistance of another person. Unlike the Thule XT it doesn’t have wheels for easy transport.

The max load capacity of 120lbs is fine for most users although it prevents you from transporting two heavier than average bikes.

It’s one of the heavier racks in terms of its own weight as well as in price tag although not as expensive as Thule XT. Not suitable for bikes with fenders.

Read more reviews and check prices here.

11. Best rack for 2 e-bikes and 2 normal bikes: Saris Superclamp EX

highest bike carrying capacity

this rack carries 2 e-bikes and 2 normal bikes
easy to install and store

The Superclamp EX comes in a two bike and a four bike model. The four bike model weighs 63 lbs and has a maximum weight capacity of 190lbs. The inner bikes can weigh up to 60 lbs while the outer bikes can weigh 35 lbs max. It’s suitable for both 1-1/4″ as well as 2″ hitches.

What we like

The Superclamp holds your bikes by the top of the wheels so there’s no frame contact that might potentially cause damage. Suitable for 20″-29″ wheels and tires up to 4″. The carrier can be tilted down for quick and easy trunk access. Despite it being a large rack it’s very stable and doesn’t wobble, not even on bumpy roads.

Besides its ability to carry 4 bikes of which two e-bikes, the Superclamp comes with a lot of features too (it’s even got an integrated bottle opener!). It has an built-in locking cable to lock your bikes to the rack. A locking hitch pin secures the rack to the  hitch. The outer wheel trays feature reflectors for increased visibility.

Its relatively low center of gravity makes on-boarding and off-loading bikes very easy. For the same reason this is one of the best racks for sport sedans and SUV’s.

What we don’t like

The main downside of this carrier lies in a lack of robustness. Users report that wheel trays, levers and a hitch base plate broke off.

On some cars/ hitches it’s impossible to fold up the empty rack as there’s not sufficient space. The locking cables are on the short side. The hitch locking pin needs to be tightened with a wrench to avoid wobbling.

The 4-bike model requires a 2″ hitch, although this is hardly a downside as it’s quite obvious a smaller hitch won’t suffice. Some users find they need help tilting the rack down when it’s loaded with bikes.


Since this is one of the few e-bike carriers that lets you haul four bikes in total – thus limiting your choice- it’s advised to carefully weigh these downsides before purchasing. Make sure to thoroughly read up on customer experiences.

Read more reviews here.


12. Best e-bike carrier for RVs: HYPERAX Volt

for 2″ receivers, 140 lbs max (70lbs per bike)

best e-bike rack for RVs
dedicated e-bike carrier for RVs

Finding a quality, RV approved e-bike rack can be daunting, especially with the current supply chain issues, many brands are out of stock and delivery times interminable. Luckily there’s the readily available Hyperax Volt RV certified e-bike carrier which allows you to safely transp0rt your electric bicycles on your RV, 5th wheel or other type of travel trailer.

The RV rated designation gives you peace of mind as the company guarantees the carrier’s ability to withstand the acerbated forces generated on the back of a recreational vehicle. These forces are referred to as “dogtail effect”.

The RV here resembles the dog and heavy e-bikes hitched at the rear its tail. Especially when driving on bumpy roads and rough terrain, the carrier and its load will be exposed to lateral and medial forces many times larger than those at the rear of a regular vehicle.


The HYPERAX Volt is designed specifically for use on RVs and as such the manufacturers have considered the limited storage space we RV-ers have to our disposal. Therefore, they have made it so it folds up quite compact, has a top carrying handle and it features an integrated hook so it can be hung on a wall, in the garage for instance.

The fortified carbon steel 2″ hitch mount carries up to 140 lbs (70lbs per bike), accommodates up to 5″ tires and 58″ wheelbases, is suitable for Class 3 and higher receivers.

This well-reviewed RV certified ebike rack comes with rubberized hooks to keep your e-bike paint pristine, a frame lock on the ratchet arm as well as another lock to secure your bikes to the carrier and a hitch pin lock to secure the carrier to your RV. All locks are accessible with one key.


Flimsy velcro straps for strapping down the bike wheels. Does not come with a hitch tightener. Want to carry women’s bikes or step-through bikes? You may need a bar adapter which can be ordered separately.

Some users complain about there being wiggle room in the vertical part of the rack, the top bar lock pin releasing spontaneously, and the locking bar not locking when in position.

Customer service leaves opportunity on the table as one customer didn’t receive lock keys and had to order them for an additional $20. Another customer reports not to could get a hold of customer service.

Nonetheless, considering the predominantly positive experiences, this rack is worth considering.

Read more reviews here.



Electric Bicycle Car Rack FAQ

Q. Can you put an electric bicycle on a regular bike rack?

A. It depends mainly on the rack’s weight capacity. Generally, you can’t as normal bike racks have a lower weight capacity than the weight of electric bicycles. Weigh your e-bike with the battery taken off and see if you won’t exceed the capacity of the rack. (put the batteries in the car trunk)

Q. Are 1 1/4″ hitches suitable for carrying electric bikes?

A. Some rumors exist that only 2″ hitches are up to the task of hauling e-bikes . However, both 1 1/4″ and 2″ hitches are appropriate. Both types of racks are specifically designed and put to rigorous testing to ensure safety.

Q. What’s the easiest e-bike rack to use?

A. The 3 to 4 main aspects that determine ease of use include; the rack is easy to mount on the hitch, it’s easy to load bikes on, it’s easy to store, and – additionally – it let’s you access the car trunk when the rack is mounted and loaded.

Q. Which is the best e-bike rack for one or three bikes?

A.  Pretty much any rack is geared towards carrying two bikes. It’s when you’re in need of an outlier such as a single electric bicycle rack or a rack that carries three or more bikes when you’ll have to do a lot more digging. Looking for a rack that carries just one e-Bike? Consider the Saris MTR 1-bike rack with a max. weight capacity of 60 pounds.

Q. I’m worried about scratching my shiny new e bikes when transporting them. What should I consider?

A. If you want to be absolutely sure the lacquer isn’t damaged make sure to get a rack with the no-frame contact feature.

Q. Which carrier is best for e-bikes with fenders?

A. You might worry about racks damaging your fenders and hesitate to opt for a carrier that clamps to the top tube because this could scratch the paint. In that case you could try to find out if the clamping arm will fit on the tire just before the fender. Otherwise a carrier with protective (i.e. rubbery) clamp padding might be your best bet. Another option is a rack that attaches to the front tube such as the Saris Freedom (EX)2 and 4 and has cushioning clamp cases. Or for instance the Buzz Rack Approach which clamps to the top or down tube and has padded clamps. The Thule Easyfold XT2 and Kuat NV 2.0 also haul e-bikes with fenders.

Q: Why are you only recommending hitch racks? Aren’t trunk or roof racks viable options for carrying electric bicycles?

A: Trunk and roof racks were usable alternatives to hitch racks when hauling conventional bicycles. Since e-bikes are much heavier these options aren’t really worth considering. Just imagine having to get your heavy e-bike on and off the roof of your car. Trunk rack weight capacity generally tops out at 35lbs per bike.

Q. I need a rack for really heavy e-bikes as I’ve got a Sur-Ron weighing 120 lbs. Various carriers have a max. weight rating of 110 lbs but that’s for two bikes. The individual bike weight capacity is only 60 lbs (per tray). Which hitch rack do you recommend?

A. Look into class 3 hitch-mounted dirt bike racks on eBay or consider heavy-duty single bike racks such as those by 1Up USA.

Q. I need a bike rack for my electric cargo bike ASAP (as in right now, better yesterday than today) but many suitable racks are out of stock due to the supply chain crisis. What do I do?

A. Consider purchasing a hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier. Not as quick and easy to secure the bikes as a dedicated e-bike carrier but they are generally more affordable and in stock.


E-Bike Car Rack Buying Guide

Here’s what to consider when purchasing a hitch rack for e-bikes


You’ve already made up your mind about how many bikes and what kind of bikes your new hitch bike rack will have to carry.

What more do you need to keep an eye out for in order to make a well-informed decision?

Here are some recommendations for e-bike carriers based on such personal situations.

Weight capacity. Roughly put, many new e-bikes weigh over 70 pounds, yet the load capacity of traditional bicycle racks is often limited at 50 pounds.

The average weight of e-bikes is 52 lb so you might get away with hauling one relatively light-weight e-bike on a traditional carrier but that’s probably it.

Many of the best hitch racks for e-bikes have a 120lb total weight capacity. This lets you haul 2 electric bikes without their batteries. One rack in this overview is able to carry an impressive 160 lb in total.

Besides looking at e bike rack weight capacity there are other things to consider.

What kind of electric bicycles will you be carrying? For instance, bikes with fat tires, heavy mountain bikes, downhill rigs with longer frames, or other less traditional bikes?

What kind of attachment do you need? I.e. to the car’s hitch, frame, spare tire, or fenders. Do need a rack that fits various receiver sizes? Want an e-bike rack that carries more than 2 bikes? A full-fendered rack? Is quick (un)loading very important to you?

What type of hitch(es) is it compatible with? Do you want to use the rack on more than one car? Do the cars have different hitches? Need it to fit 2″ or 1 1/4″ hitches or both?

Most hitch bike racks mount to the receiver of a trailer hitch. One can be retrofitted in case your car isn’t equipped with a hitch receiver. (Keep in mind this involves an additional expense.)

Also remember that the total weight allowed in the hitch has to account for both the bikes AND the rack.  In other words, the total weight is limited by the tongue weight of the hitch.

Tongue weight capacity per hitch type

  • Light duty receiver hitches. Class 1: 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ receiver:  up to 200lbs
  • Regular duty receiver hitches. Class 2: 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ receiver:  up to 350lbs
  • Heavy duty receiver hitches. Class 3: 2″ receiver:  up to 750lbs
  • Super duty receiver hitches. . Class 4: 2″ and 2.5″ up to 1,700lbs

Is there a limit to its dimensions? For instance when you want to park your car with rack mounted and folded in a cramped garage.

Trunk access when bikes are mounted. Many e-bike racks have tilt features which allow you to access the back of your car without having to take the bikes off the rack. They don’t all work similarly so make sure to check if the tilt feature is exactly what suits your needs best.

Does it allow you to drive in and out of the garage with the bikes loaded on the rack? For instance when you’re loading bikes the evening before an early morning of cycling and want to store the car are bikes dry and secure.

How are the bikes secured on the rack? Bikes with fenders will require a different way of clamping than bikes without. Does the rack secure on the bottom of the wheels, over the wheels (where fenders might be),  on the top cross bar or down tube (handy if you have full fenders)?

Does the rack feature tension adjustment keep it from wobbling on the hitch mount?

Does it have lockable rack arms?  Do you need caster wheels to make storage easier for when carrying isn’t an option. Want a (foldable) ramp to get bikes on and off the rack?

Which rack do you prefer to transport e-bikes?

Keep in mind, there’s roughly two types of hitch-mounted bike racks.

1. Hanging bike racks which are racks that utilize arms and a mast to hold bicycles by the frame. More affordable and compact however generally not suitable to support heavy e-bikes.

2. Platform bike racks, known to carry various types and sizes of bike including e-bikes. Their versatility stems from the fact that bicycles are supported by the platform, reducing sway and wobble.

We’ve tried to do our best to help you pick the e-bike rack that’s optimal for your situation or specific scenarios. Among these several choices, which rack do you prefer?

Doesn’t the 160 lbs weight capacity suffice? Need a really heavy duty rack?  Look up the Guide Gear Fat Tire Bike Carrier Rack that can carry up to 200 lbs.


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Last Updated on August 24, 2022 by Tyler