While electric cars may be a greener alternative to their gas-burning counterparts when on the road, their production and distribution still isn’t all that eco-friendly. The Swedish company Luvly wants to make a difference with their flat-pack recyclable light urban vehicles.
Let’s start by saying that the Luvly O does not come in user-assembled Ikea furniture.
Instead, plans call for the car to be shipped in flat-pack form from a main production plant, then assembled by workers at smaller micro-factories in regions where the O will be offered. This arrangement should greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shipping costs, as it will allow a greater number of the vehicles to be shipped at one time.
The O was designed by Joachim Nordwall, who was previously head of design for Swedish hypercar company Koenigsegg.
As such, it incorporates what Luvly calls „slow formula racing tech.“ That tech includes a strong but lightweight passenger-protecting safety shell made of an unspecified sandwich composite material, along with external Energy Absorption Zones that absorb impact energy by crumpling under pressure.
The shell material requires no paint or other surface treatments, and is fully recyclable. The vehicle’s various parts can be easily swapped out and in as required.
The whole thing reportedly tips the scales at less than 400 kg (882 lb), not counting its two removable lithium battery packs. The packs can be used in pairs, with one being charged at home and the other at work.
There’s currently no word on the motor, but the O is claimed to have a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and a range of up to 100 km (62 miles). It seats two people, and offers 267 liters of trunk space. All in all, Luvly claims that as compared to typical electric cars, energy consumption for the production, shipping, and distribution of its vehicle should be up to 80% lower.
We’re told that the O will ultimately sell for about EUR10,000 (~US$10,554). If you’re interested in buying one, you can register for updates via the company website.
„Luvly was founded on the belief that the negative aspects of cars – environmental harm, cost, danger to pedestrians and other road-users, space inefficiency – can be mitigated by combining modern technological solutions with futuristic design,“ says CEO and founder Hakan Lutz.