Polestar, an electric car manufacturer, has announced a partnership agreement with CAKE, a Swedish company that makes electric bikes.
The bike was revealed at the IAA motor show in Munich this week. It is a Polestar-branded CAKE Makka. The frame is finished in Polestar’s signature snow matte color and the rear damper has a yellow spring from Ohlins suspension manufacturer.
Polestar is currently working on a prototype to allow the bike to be carried on the back of a Polestar 2 and charge its battery. Polestar and CAKE believe that owners will be able to drive their cars into the city outskirts, park and then switch to their bike for the final leg of their journey. This will reduce traffic congestion.
CAKE announced the Makka bicycle at the beginning of September. It was priced at $3,500 in the US. The price of the Polestation edition is not yet known. The Makka is designed for city riding and takes CAKE away from its earlier bikes that were capable of off-roading.
The Makka – Polestar edition by CAKE was unveiled at the Polestar Space in Munich last week. It looks really smart. All key elements of Polestar’s design are reflected in the minimalist branding, yellow suspension damper and matte white paint finish.
CAKE has not released any performance data for the Polestar edition. However, other Makka models have a top speed between 15 and 28 mph and a range between 30 and 35 miles.
Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive of Polestar, stated that the bike was “the next step in our brand partnership and it gives us the chance to address broader mobility challenges.” Polestar 2 connects to the lightweight bike via a cord. This allows it to charge from the car. It can then be used to explore the countryside and inner cities.
CAKE’s chief executive officer and founder, Stefan Ytterborn said that instead of wasting time trying to find a parking spot, navigating a traffic jam or cramming into a crowded train with other people, Polestar and I want mobility to be flexible, accessible, and emission-free.