Swedish electric motorbike firm Cake has launched a new ’utility’ e-bike called the Åik, which it claims will “blur the line” between electric bikes and motorbikes thanks to its high power and range.
The new machine is built to PeopleforBike’s Class 2 e-bike regulations, which allows for e-bikes that are throttle-assisted and have a top speed of 20mph (if you pedal as well, it will go as fast as you can cycle…). In some markets, such as the USA, those machines can still be ridden without a licence.
Cake claims that the Åik offers “unsurpassed range and power” for a utility e-bike, with a 250W and 73.7lb ft mid-drive motor. Four ride modes are offered: Reach, Efficiency, Power and a Walk Assist function.
The Åik uses a 750Wh battery, which gives an electric-only range of 74.5 miles. But the machine can house up to three of the units, extending the range to 224 miles.
The batteries can also be used to power electronic devices such as a refrigerated food box on the bike or power tools. Each battery can be charged from empty to 100 per cent in around three hours on a standard connection.
The machine has a modular aluminium frame similar in design to the Ösa, and weighs 30kg, with each battery weighing 5.2kg. The frame is designed so it can be fitted with a range of racks, bags, baskets and passenger seats, and tow a trailer. The total cargo capacity is 200kg.
Cake boss Stefan Ytterborn said that the Åik means the firm now offers “a complete assortment of electric two-wheeled solutions for any business in need of a transportation solution.”
He added: “Our range is optimised for artisanal needs, from the fastest deliveries in town through to surveillance work in the backcountry.”
The Åik is now available to pre-oder for €6470 (£5730), with deliveries due to start in May.