This two-seater Swedish concept is a flat-pack EV
Is the Luvly O the sorriest-looking thing in our inbox this year?
A sustainability-focused Swedish start-up Luvly has created this: it is called the Luvly O concept and it is essentially a kit car — though not one built by the consumer. This electric vehicle comes with an ‘IKEA-style, flat-pack design’, making shipping to localities more cost-effective and planet-friendly.
The Luvly O’s dimensions, number of seats and even the boot capacity mirrors that of the Smart Fortwo, so it's really small.
It's also really lightweight too, with "slow formula racing tech" levels of safety — the brand’s words, not ours. Impressively, it weighs less than 400kg. The O is meant for city life and thus bears a heady top speed of 55mph, and can do 62 miles on one charge on its swappable battery.
The inside of this disappointingly beige experiment – touted as an urban runaround – is bizarre. It looks like a used packet of Strepsils, some elasticated string and videogame controllers were used to create the dash and steering wheel controls. What’s more, the yellow and white colour scheme resembles something out of a sweet shop. On the other hand, it can pair with your smartphone to do all sorts of driving things. So, there's that.
The jury is still out on the build quality of the thing, which Luvly says has all kinds of sustainability smarts. Retailing out at £8,000 we can only hope the instructions are less frustrating than IKEA's pictorial efforts.
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