This is how they increase the speed of one of humanity’s most important journeys
Published: April 5, 2022, 11:57Stefan Ytterborn is the founder and CEO of the electric motorcycle manufacturer CAKE. Photo: The CAKER journey to a completely fossil-free society is an important step towards a long-term more sustainable planet. Then more sustainable transport and collaborations are needed. To show the way and take a step in the right direction, CAKE and Vattenfall are developing the world’s first completely fossil-free motorcycle together.Read more about what Stefan Ytterborn writes in “The Edit” – an appendix to Vattenfall’s annual and sustainability report 2021Transport accounts for about a third of the world’s energy use. Electric vehicles can therefore play a crucial role in the transition we have ahead of us. – There is no doubt that the transports of the future will be electric. The enormous growth that we expect in terms of electric vehicles and electric infrastructure will help us drive the journey towards a sustainable future, says Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of the electric motorcycle manufacturer, CAKE. He is one of several experts writing in The Edit. It is an appendix to Vattenfall’s annual and sustainability report 2021, which brings together various interesting perspectives on the climate issue and the path to a sustainable tomorrow.
Change our consumption patterns
Stefan Ytterborn started CAKE 2016 with a clear goal of combining excitement and responsibility by developing light, quiet and clean high-performance electric motorcycles and thus contributing to a zero-emission society. – My goal was, and continues to be, to accelerate the transition to sustainable methods. We do this by offering solutions that significantly reduce emissions. CAKE’s very first electric motorcycle came in 2018 and since then the company has with great success developed a number of different electric motorcycles and mopeds for both city driving and terrain. But offering green alternatives to the approximately two billion fossil fuel-powered vehicles that are currently rolling on the world’s roads is just one of many pieces of the puzzle. – I think we need to go further. To get where we want to go, we must also change the way we consume and use our possessions. The challenge is to change our speed of consumption. – For us at CAKE, it all starts with designing vehicles that literally stand the test of time. We examine and test carefully that the material and the parts we buy are robust enough. Because if the materials and parts stand up well to the challenge of being high-performing, there is a good chance that they will surpass everything else for everyday commuting, both today and tomorrow, says Stefan Ytterborn.
Accelerate development together
Another step in that direction is CAKE’s investment in building the world’s first completely fossil-free motorcycle together with Vattenfall. Both companies are strongly committed to being part of the transition to a fossil-free society and by collaborating, the companies can benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience to enable a fossil-free future and offer new climate-smart solutions. The goal is to start series production by 2025.– The process of moving towards fossil-free production is extremely complex. To begin with, we did a life cycle analysis to calculate our climatic starting point. We are now evaluating each material and initiating collaborations with potential partners and subcontractors.
Collaborations create opportunities
In this process, CAKE and Vattenfall work both with existing manufacturers, who themselves switch to fossil-free production, and with innovative tech companies in materials development. – The collaboration is an excellent example of how we at Vattenfall can contribute our knowledge in the field of fossil-free and around the entire supply chain for a product that aims to be emission-free, says Vattenfall’s sustainability manager Annika Ramsköld. But with more electric vehicles on the roads, more charging points are also needed. That is why Vattenfall has created the charging network InCharge – one of the company’s initiatives to speed up the transition to electric traffic. The InCharge network makes an impression in electric traffic in northern Europe. In the Netherlands, Vattenfall operates one of the largest public charging networks for vehicles, and in Sweden and Germany, the company, together with partners, is building public fast charging stations throughout the country.Read more about what Stefan Ytterborn writes in “The Edit” – an appendix to Vattenfall’s annual and sustainability report 2021The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Vattenfall and not an article by Dagens industri