Cake has finally turned its attention to food delivery. The Swedish manufacturer has developed a version of its Osa electric moped with a heated box on the back that is powered by the vehicle’s motor.
Cake has taken a circuitous route to targeting one of the most common uses of a moped. They’ve previously developed near-silent anti-poaching off-road e-motorbikes as well as the slightly bizarre short-haul electric workhorse the Ösa, which is billed as, “a work bench and power station on wheels.”
The latter is actually the basis for the new bike, the defining feature of which is a powered delivery box which allows food to be kept at the right temperature.
The concept targets restaurants and ‘dark kitchens’ that invest in their own delivery service.
Cake founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn explained that the bike had been developed in anticipation of new regulations cracking down on working conditions in the gig economy.
“As a global market in rapid growth, the home delivery industry is facing several battles, ranging from emission bans in the cities to working conditions and employment terms of the drivers. Our contribution is to inspire and offer a physical platform that meets these challenges.”
The bike has been trialled with Swedish restaurants Svenska Brasserier and Sturehofs Matmarknad and has now become a permanent service.
Available from €8,500, Osa comes in 25km/h and 45km/h versions. It’s powered by a removable 3.75 kWh battery which also features an integrated 5V outlet for phones, tablets and other small electronic devices and a 12V outlet for computers, speakers and other medium-duty electronic devices.
It’s available with various accessories, ranging from delivery boxes to trailers and has a total loading capacity of more than 2,000 litres.