Cake Launches New Ösa Electric Model At EICMA

Configurable “utility motorcycle” is all about environmental friendliness.

Cake launches Ösa, an electric utility motorcycle at EICMA
Clean, efficient, and all about utility—and apparently expanding the boundaries of industrial design. Are we ready for the electric Ösa?Courtesy Cake

Cake has unveiled Ösa, what it calls the “next electric on- and off-road-capable utility motorcycle.” The brand’s second platform brings a clean and efficient utility vehicle with integrated power station and off-road capabilities. The Ösa will come in two versions: the Ösa Lite and Ösa+. The Ösa Lite can be slotted into the moped category, with top speeds of 30 mph, and the Ösa+ operates as a motorcycle with top speeds of 63 mph.

This large gray bar serves as the foundation for a modular clamp-on system for Cake Ösa
This large gray bar serves as the foundation for a modular clamp-on system that allows users to attach baskets, racks, you name it.Courtesy Cake

Show season is gearing up for its busy time, with both the SEMA shindig in Vegas and the EICMA motorcycle exposition in Milan going down this week. So it's good planning on Cake's part to launch its latest electric vehicle, the utility-heavy Ösa, at both events concurrently. If you've studied the lead photo for this post, you might well be asking yourself: What the heck is Ösa?

In Swedish, "osa" loosely translates to "scoop, pour, bail, or ladle," which is presumably what the Swedish manufacturer of lightweight electric motorcycles wants you do on its latest two-wheeler.

The Swedes are pushing it as “a light, clean, and quiet electric motorcycle…derived from the diversity of work and differentiated needs of the customer, while simultaneously serving a new means of transportation…toward a zero emission future.”

This Ösa Lite is equipped with a rider and passenger seat
This Ösa Lite is equipped with a rider and passenger seat—but not much else. But you can see the possibilities for that modular clamp-on system. The smaller, less powerful Osa has a top speed of 30 mph and can be registered as a 50cc moped.Courtesy Cake

The marketing copy goes on to say the new model is "heavily influenced by the workbench," and let's just say it wears its influences proudly—or at least, not subtly. You can't miss that large gray bar extending out from underneath the seat, which Cake says serves as the heart of the Ösa. It's a uni-bar modular clamp-on system that allows users to attach baskets, bags, tools, and whatever else, in 1,000 different possible configurations. Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of Cake, sees it as an obvious first step against the inevitable, saying, "We're seeing combustion vehicles being replaced by electric, gasoline and diesel being banned, and cars will soon be excluded from the urban landscape. The Ösa…provides a viable platform for that change as it so capably meets diverse needs and priorities.…"

The Ösa+ seen here with a solo seat, the M rear basket, and S front basket.
The Ösa+ seen here with a solo seat, the M rear basket, and S front basket. We see an obvious opportunity to fit an IKEA Besta unit on this thing. Future partnership?Courtesy Cake

While designing the Ösa, Cake says it found a huge disparity and diversity in storage and commuting needs between, say, white-collar commuters and tradespeople, including the roads they traveled to their destinations. Some included highways while others were just simple trails and there was everything in between. Cake figured an electric and modular utility vehicle with off-road capabilities might serve as a logical solution. Its powerful battery serves up multiple outlets, so the Ösa can doubles as a power station on wheels, meaning the rider can stray off the grid if necessary. A good example of this, Cake says, would be "a DJ hosting an impromptu concert in the forest." Hmm. Or in urban areas, "the pizza delivery guy may execute clean last-mile deliveries." There are two battery size options, small (1.5 kWh) or large (2.5 kWh). Further details will be available on Cake's website when the bike is finalized.

The Osa battery
The Ösa’s battery charging ports so you can juice up your electronics for work or while out in the field.Courtesy Cake

The Ösa Lite will register as a 50cc moped and retail for $6,000 when it becomes available in March of 2020.

The Ösa+ will register as a 125cc motorcycle and will cost $8,000 when it begins delivery in late March of 2020.

It’s an intriguing concept and kudos to Cake for thinking outside the box. But will it fly in the US? Possibly. We can see it working in funky enclaves like Portland, Oregon, or Austin, Texas, but for the rest of America… We’ll see. Stay tuned.

The Osa+ borrows equal parts from the motorcycling and bicycling worlds with robust dual-crown suspension up front and aluminum hubs and rims.
The Osa+ borrows equal parts from the motorcycling and bicycling worlds with robust dual-crown suspension up front and aluminum hubs and rims. This larger Osa+ has a continuous power output of 7 kW, a peak of 10 kW, and a top speed of 63 mph. Range is also 63 miles.Courtesy Cake
Ösa Cake rear wheel
With small 14 inch lightweight spoke wheels, the Osa bridges the gap between scooter and motorcycle. Will it fly in Peoria?Courtesy Cake

Ösa Specifications

Osa Lite Osa+
Price $6,000 w/ small battery $8,000 w/ small battery
Continuous Power 4 kW 7 kW
Peak Power 10 kW 10 kW
Top Speed 45 km/h, 30 mph 100 km/h, 63 mph
Range 63 miles 63 miles
Battery Capacity 1.5 kWh (small), 2.5 kWh (large) Same
Weight 143 lb. (w/o battery) Same
Front Suspension Single crown Dual-crown
Wheels Aluminum hubs and rims Aluminum hubs and rims
Vehicle Classification (US) Motor-driven cycle Motorcycle

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