Take this statement how you will, but Cake is coming your way. The Swedish manufacturer of the unusual e-bike-speed Makka electric moped is to open a UK showroom next year.
Cake make a whole bunch of electric mopeds and motorbikes, but the Makka was the one that first caught our eye.
Available in 25km/h and 45km/h versions, it is pitched as a practical urban vehicle suitable for carrying goods or passengers.
The pared-back design reflects the firm’s philosophy. Where a lot of electric motorbikes are essentially the same as internal combustion models only with a different motor inside, Cake build with electric power as the starting point.
“It didn’t seem the best way to go about it,” founder Stefan Ytterborn told the London Evening Standard about other firms’ way of operating. “We decided to start from scratch and build motorcycles that were shaped by their electric motors and batteries from the very start. I was not – then – a motorcyclist at all, I came at it from a completely different angle.”
Cake’s other bikes are a bit more powerful but similarly minimalist in appearance.
Short-haul electric workhorse the Ösa, which is available from €8,500, is rather unexpectedly billed as, “a work bench and power station on wheels.”
Its striking ‘unibar’ combines with a clamp-on system that enables users to attach tools, equipment, bags and other items.
It’s a cargo motorbike, essentially.
Then there’s the high performance Kalk, which is available from €10,500.
There are several versions of this. The off-road race one features an 11kW motor capable of delivering 280Nm of torque.
All of Cake’s bikes are available via their website, but the firm is looking to establish a greater UK presence to allow for test rides. There are already a couple of resellers and a London showroom will follow next year.