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Electric motorcycles, as well as electric cars, are invoked to ensure the full transition of the human community to the use of ecologically clean transport.
This requires rethinking many established consumption standards, solving a long list of technical and administrative problems, and significant financial investments. Nevertheless, the global market for electric motorcycles is expanding noticeably, largely repeating the growth steps of electric cars.
According to relatively restrained forecasts from Global Market Insights, the Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for Electric Two-wheeler category in the next decade will be 5% (7% for Europe). By 2030, the market size will reach $100 billion ($65 billion in 2021). More optimistic forecasts are given, for example, by Statista. Here, the electric motorcycle market is predicted to double by 2030 and exceed $109 billion at a CAGR of 10.2%.
It is necessary to notice that among the manufacturers of electric motorcycles there are relatively few public companies, so it is not easy to estimate comparative financial indicators. Nevertheless, the results of the world's leading manufacturer of electric scooters and bicycles Yadea Group Holdings Ltd. based in Hong Kong, are impressive. During 2018 to 2022, the company increased its revenues more than three times (to 31 billion yuan), and profits more than four times (to 2.2 billion yuan).
In any case, the development of this market has good or even excellent prospects.
At the same time, it is necessary to attentively consider that both traditional motorcycles and electric motorcycles are not only a type of urban transport. They have unreachable advantages for travel in the forest and countryside, and allow for a huge number of enthusiasts to get incomparable impressions. If the vast mass of motorcycle enthusiasts will actively switch to electric motorcycles, a real demand boom may occur in the market. Finally, these expectations are carefully considered by manufacturers and embodied in the creation of specific products that meet the diverse and sometimes rigid needs of customers.
CAKE is a Swedish company that specializes in the production of electric off-road and urban motorcycles. The motorcycles are designed to be lightweight, silent, and emission-free, offering a unique riding experience.
The company aims to promote sustainable transportation and reduce the environmental impact of traditional motorcycles. CAKE's mission is to accelerate the transition to a zero-emission society is both exciting and responsible. Sustainability is their raison d'etre and in separable from their business.
The company is constantly expanding the markets for its products. According to press releases, CAKE opened in New York City a full service location in the last three months, entered the Indian market in partnership with Pepfuels, new flagship CAKE:site Seoul in South Korea with local partner Kolon. Without belittling the importance of entering various foreign markets, nevertheless, the entry into the Indian market should be highlighted. It is in this rapidly growing market that there is a long tradition of two-wheelers that number in the millions. However, it is also obvious that it is here that a serious competition will unfold between manufacturers of electric motorcycles, both from well-known foreign brands and numerous local companies that until recently were unknown start-ups.
Manufacturing facility of CAKE is based in South of Stockholm, Sweden. The factory is a unique place, where a diverse and highly skilled team assembles all the CAKE bike models – by hand and with the big attention to details. The manufacturing site pays special attention to renewable energy technologies, by installing a roof covered with solar panels.
CAKE's electric motorcycles feature a minimalist design, using lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre to reduce weight and increase manoeuvrability. The motorcycles are equipped with electric motors that provide instant torque, making them suitable for various terrains and riding conditions.
CAKE’s practical, modular, lightweight, and design-oriented bikes are somewhere between small motorcycles and electric scooters. They target a wide range of riders, from experienced collectors to first-timers, and attractiveness to a wide riding range from urban to adventurous style.
The company's outstanding achievements include the development of the truly most optimized IPM (Internal Permanent Magnet) motor with radial flux for efficiency and power, as well as an air-cooled transmission. The Jante air-cooled system allows high torque at high RPM, while the dual-bearing shaft and aircraft aluminium housing make the construction durable and lightweight. The Jante design uses fewer rare earth metals than traditional engines, which is very important in conditions of scarcity of these materials. Some of the technological innovations are patented in the world's leading patent offices.
Several of select patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are: USD885983S, USD868636S, USD810629S, USD948382S, USD971791S, USD0920852S.
Below a short resume is dedicated to a recent patent application, where it is described the optimal modular attachment system for a motorcycle.
Most of CAKE models have many unique aspects and features like:
- Electric motors provide instant torque, delivering quick acceleration and responsive performance. This allows riders to experience immediate power delivery, making electric motorcycles exhilarating to ride.
- Quiet Operation: Unlike traditional gasoline-powered bikes, electric motorcycles produce very little noise, resulting in a quieter and more peaceful riding experience. It also helps reduce noise pollution in urban environments.
- CAKE bikes are emission-free. This contributes to a cleaner and healthier environment by reducing air pollution and dependence on fossil fuels.
- CAKE incorporates lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre into their motorcycle frames and components. These materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios, resulting in lighter bikes that are easier to handle and manoeuvre.
- Manoeuvrability: The reduced weight of CAKE bikes enhances their agility, allowing riders to navigate tight turns and challenging terrains more effectively. It also provides better control and responsiveness.
MODULAR BATTERY SYSTEM:
- CAKE has developed a modular battery system that allows riders to easily swap batteries. This feature enables riders to extend their riding sessions by quickly replacing a depleted battery with a fully charged one, without having to wait for the battery to recharge.
- The modular battery system offers convenience, especially for riders on longer trips or in remote areas where charging infrastructure may be limited. It provides flexibility and minimizes downtime, ensuring riders can continue their journeys without long breaks for recharging.
- CAKE emphasizes the use of environmentally friendly materials in their manufacturing processes. They strive to minimize the environmental impact by selecting sustainable materials and reducing waste during production.
- CAKE's electric motorcycles contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional gasoline-powered bikes. By promoting electric mobility, CAKE supports the transition to a more sustainable and cleaner transportation system.
These unique features and the focus on electric power, lightweight design, off-road capability, modular battery system, and sustainability make CAKE bikes distinct and appealing to riders seeking a thrilling, eco-friendly, and adventure-oriented riding experience.
Cake offers different models of electric motorcycles, including the:
- Makka: Nimble, lightweight and quiet for convenient commuting.
- Makka Polestar edition: Pure, progressive design in limited edition.
- Åik: The effortless everyday commuter.
- Ösa flex: The high-performance utility machine.
- Ösa flex AP: The high-performance utility machine. Engineered for wildlife conservation areas.
- Ösa+: Engineered for performance, your very own workbench on wheels.
- Ösa+ AP: The high-performance utility machine. Engineered for wildlife conservation areas.
- Kalk&: The street legal off-roader.
- Kalk INK&: The street legal off-roader.
- Bukk: The next level in the category of lightweight electric motorcycles.
- Kalk OR: Lightweight, torquey, and quiet. The riding possibilities are endless.
- Kalk OR Race: Premium Öhlins suspension, lightweight, 280Nm of electric instant torque.
In recent years, various CAKE models have consistently been featured on the electric motorcycles rating lists from industry publications as noteworthy in certain categories. So in the list of 15 Best Electric Motorcycles published in the popular TopSpeed in March of this year, there was a place for Cake Kalk&. This model features extruded, forged, and CNC-machined 6061 aluminum chassis, Öhlins suspension front and back, and bespoke forged and machined wheels. At the same time, the ambitious publication Luxe Digital placed two models from Cake - Cake Kalk INK (Best value EV motorcycle) and Cake Osa Flex (Best E motorcycle for varied terrain) in their list of The 15 best electric motorcycles of 2023.
If you're interested in test driving a CAKE and get to know more information about all models, please visit CAKE website. Here you can learn about any test ride opportunities they may offer.
Test drive address in Sweden:
Virkesvägen 26D120 30 Stockholm
Text by Jana Janicka and photos by Ion Ciorici