‘IKEA of Electric Cars’ Ships Vehicles as Individual Parts to Save on Transportation
By Spooky on May 1st, 2023 Category: Auto
A Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer hopes to become the IKEA of small EVs by shipping its cars as individual parts that can be assembled at their final destination.
Luvly, a Swedish start-up specializing in small and affordable electric vehicles, has announced plans to ship its tiny cars as flat packs to be assembled at their final destination. The company claims that this unusual model will allow it to fit 20 of its cars into a container that would otherwise only have room for 4 assembled vehicles, thus lowering transportation costs considerably. However, the Swedish manufacturer clarified that, unlike IKEA furniture, its electric vehicles are not meant for home assembly. Instead, the flat packs will end up at micro-factories where they will be quickly put together by specialized staff to ensure complete safety.
The bold start-up, which derives its name from the acronym LUV (Light Urban Vehicle), recently unveiled the Luvly 0, a two-seat, urban-only electric car that weighs under 400 kilograms and measures just 2,70 m in length and 1,53 in width, with a height of 1,44m. It is powered by two batteries, each weighing in at just 15 kilograms, and only uses 6 kWh per 100 kilometers (60Wh/km). The batteries offer enough power for a maximum range of 100 km and a top speed of 90 km/h (55mph).
The Luvly 0 will likely be the first vehicle shipped as a flat pack, but Luvly CEO Håkan Lutz has announced plans for a sporty buggy trike and a small electric van that would be designed with the same logistic system in mind.
The IKEA-inspired logistics system is apparently one of the main factors that allow Luvly to sell its electric vehicles at very competitive prices. The Luvly 0, for example, is already available for pre-order on the company site for just 10,000 euros ($11,000).
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