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CAKE and West Coast EV Announce Joint Venture

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The partnership establishes CAKE’s first authorized US retail location, test track, and service center in California’s central valley.

LEVA-EU member CAKE, announced a partnership with West Coast EV (WCEV) to establish a flagship CAKE retail dealership, service center, as well as CAKE’s first US-based CAKE test track. The WCEV facility, based in McFarland, CA, is at the heart of California’s new electric vehicle highway on the I-99 corridor of California’s Central Valley and is slated to open Fall of 2021.

Alongside the track and retail experience, West Coast EV plans to utilize CAKE motorbikes to offer one-of-a-kind ‘Eco-Tours’ of the rich historical surrounding area, with rides through rolling grape vineyards as well as local almond and pistachio farms. Additional excursions will be offered to explore the natural wonders of the nearby Sequoia National Forest, lakes and parks. The goal is to allow customers to experience the joy of clean, quiet exploration and to further CAKE’s ‘Explore with Respect’ mission while educating individuals about the delicate balance between climate change and its impact on nature, agriculture, and food supply.

“Establishing a home-base in Southern California with West Coast EV is an incredibly important part of bringing CAKE to the masses,” commented CAKE founder and CEO, Stefan Ytterborn. “We are particularly excited about the test track and Eco-Tour ride experience as there is no better way to understand the magic of electric transportation and CAKE motorbikes than by having the experience of riding without disturbing or polluting.”

West Coast EV aims to become California’s premier EV electric powersports supercenter. The mission is to promote California’s mandate to zero-emission battery electric transportation and infrastructure. Aligned with the transition to 100% electric vehicles on the new California electric highway by 2030, West Coast EV also plans to expand its deployment of solar to battery storage EV (EVCS) charging stations. These stations will accommodate electric bicycle, motorbike, passenger, and heavy-duty commercial vehicles such as Volvo, International and Tesla. The Swedish Gigafactory battery maker NorthVolt will supply batteries to CAKE’s electric motorcycles and the charging stations used in West Coast EV’s battery storage systems.

“We know that adoption and use of zero-emission electric vehicles has a tremendous impact on lowering greenhouse gas emissions and carbon emissions. The easy adoption of personal electric bikes can absolutely transform the green transportation revolution,” says JD Gessin, a sustainable energy entrepreneur and founder of West Coast EV. “By bringing CAKE’s electric vehicles along with their last mile E-delivery solutions to the Central Valley, we’re going to be able to create jobs, while showing people that meeting California’s goal of net zero-emissions by 2030 is not only possible, but also incredibly fun.”

Construction has begun on the West Coast EV and CAKE retail facility. New models and accessories are currently available, along with other electric vehicles and accessories. Key launch dates, Eco-Tour plans, and track openings will be announced on the West Coast EV website and social media @gozeroev.

Additional images and video of the CAKE track experience that will roll out at West Coast EV in the coming months.

Daan van Dieren

Daan is a policy officer for LEVA-EU

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