CAKE and Polestar Present an Innovative Solution for Urban Mobility
A hitch rack attachment on the Polestar 2 allows users to transport and recharge their Makka simultaneously
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Car queues, crowded subways, occupied parking lots and poor air quality – the list of problems with mobility in cities is growing, a realization which recently has some governments reacting. From Paris’ car-ban in its city center to Barcelona’s low-emissions zones – important steps are currently being taken worldwide to ensure that cars, noise, pollution and parking hassle will be a thing of the past. With these recent developments as backdrop, Polestar and CAKE are now releasing a plan to make city mobility easier and more flexible than ever before, while accelerating the transition to an emissions-free society.
The new electric mobility collaboration combines the all-around road capabilities of the Polestar 2 with the inner-city convenience of the CAKE Makka. A rear hitch rack mount allows the bike to be transported and charged directly from the car while on the move, making it a perfect logistical symbiosis without disturbing, polluting or causing traffic jams in the city. With car-free cities on the rise, you’ll be able to park your Polestar car conveniently at the edge of town and continue to inner-city errands on your light and compact Makka moped.
“Our joint initiative is a first step to solve the worldwide problems of city mobility, as well as to accelerate the transition towards an emissions-free future. Instead of wasting time in a car queue, struggling to find a parking spot or squashing up in a crowded subway train, we together with the team at Polestar want to make the future of mobility flexible, accessible and emission- free – while aiming to create cities for people, not for cars that pollute,” says CAKE’s CEO and founder Stefan Ytterborn.
For this occasion, Polestar and CAKE have designed a special version of CAKE’s new moped platform, Makka. Makka is a lightweight, state-of-the-art electric moped designed with an emphasis on power to weight ratio, ease of riding, reach, efficient cargo transport and durability, making it the ultimate tool for clean, short-haul transportation and commuting. As CAKE’s third platform, Makka is the ultimate tool for flexible and sustainable inner-city mobility.
CAKE is a Swedish company with a clear mission to inspire towards a zero-emission society, by combining excitement and responsibility in its development of light, quiet, and clean high- performance electric off-road motorcycles. Its first model, the Kalk, debuted at Denver’s OR and Munich’s ISPO shows in January 2018 and has received numerous accolades, including the 2019 and 2020 Red Dot Design Award, IF Design Award, Automotive Brand Contest Award, and “Best in Show” designation by several outdoor industry publications. In 2019, CAKE launched the Kalk&, a street-legal motorcycle as well as Ösa+ and Ösa Lite, a utility platform with an integrated power station and off-road capabilities, which extended their award-winning streak. Kalk INK debuted in March 2020, with the street-legal Kalk INK SL entering the line in April 2020. CAKE expanded into the race scene in November 2020, launching the Kalk OR Race and Kalk INK Race.
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Polestar is the independent Swedish premium electric performance car brand founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding. Established in 2017, Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and its vehicles are available and on the road in thirteen global markets across Europe, North America and China. In 2021, Polestar is expanding into five new markets in the Asia Pacific region.
Polestar produces two electric performance cars. The Polestar 1 is a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fibre body, 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 124 km (WLTP) – the longest of any hybrid car in the world. The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. The Polestar 2 model range includes three variants with a combination of long- and standard range batteries as large as 78 kWh, and dual- and single motor powertrains with as much as 300 kW / 408 hp and 660 Nm.
In the future, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV will join the portfolio, as well as the Precept – a design study vehicle released in 2020 that is slated for future production. Precept showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of sustainability, digital technology and design. In April 2021, Polestar announced a moonshot goal of creating a truly climate-neutral car by 2030 without carbon offsetting through tree-planting.