Ever wondered what it would be like to have your car shipped to you as individual parts so that you can assemble it yourself?
Well, this Swedish startup, Luvly, who is hoping to become the IKEA of EVs has announced its plan to ship its small EV cars as flat packs which can later be assembled at their destinations. The company which specializes in small and affordable electric vehicles is claiming that their unique car 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.
But the company has clarified that unlike IKEA furniture you won’t be the one assembling the vehicles as it won’t be completely safe. Instead, the flat packs will end up at micro-factories where they will be quickly put together by specialized staff to ensure complete safety.
Luvly, which derives its name from the acronym LUV (Light Urban Vehicle), recently revealed its model Luvly 0. It is 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).
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 but Luvly 0 EV will most likely be the first vehicle to be shipped as a flat pack.
The logistic system which is IKEA-inspired is what allows Luvly to sell its EVs at competitive prices. Luvly 0 is already available for pre-order on their site for only 10,000 euros ($11,000).