Because the bike carrier blocks the rear lights of your car, they are equipped with lights themselves. For these lights to work properly, the bike carrier must be connected to the car with a plug. Please note that there are bike carriers with only rear light and flashing light (without rear fog light and reversing light), and bike carriers with a complete lighting set. In the Netherlands, rear fog and reversing lights are not mandatory, but they are in neighbouring countries (e.g., Germany and Belgium). We therefore recommend going for a carrier with all lights so that you can ride anywhere with your e-bikes.
Keep in mind that the plug connection differs per type of lighting. A carrier with a complete set has a 13-pin plug, and therefore only fits on a 13-pin socket. Does your car have a 7-pin connector? Then you can buy an adapter for this.
Tiltable e-bike carrier
With a bike carrier upright on the tow bar, it is impossible to open the tailgate of your car. Not very convenient of course. Fortunately, the bike carrier manufacturers have found a solution: a tilt mechanism. So, when you’re looking for a carrier, make sure it tilts, and that it tilts smoothly. Cheap models with such a tilting function are often very heavy to tilt. Luxurious models are equipped with a smart system, where you also use your foot to tilt.