First, Ikea gave the world flatpack furniture. Now their compatriots are offering the world’s first flatpack electric cars.
Swedish technology firm Luvly has produced the Luvly O, a new electric car for the city, which weighs a fifth of the weight of most electric vehicles and has a battery that you can take into the office.
However, its biggest selling point is the fact that it is one of the first cars that is delivered in flatpack form.
But don’t expect to be scrabbling around the garage trying to find your allen key to get the last wheel on, this will be delivered in flatpack to factories across the world to assemble.
Håkan Lutz, chief executive and founder of Luvly, told The Telegraph: “If it were legally and technologically possible to assemble in your house, we would think that would be a good thing, but sadly on both of those counts, it is not.”
The Luvly O model moves away from the traditional car manufacturing model, where mega factories produce fully formed cars to be shipped across the world.
“The whole technological platform makes it possible for us to ship the components parts in containers, in a cost and space efficient way, the cars are simple and light and can easily be put together,” Mr Lutz explained.
“The production is optimised for micro factories, so we can produce these vehicles not in a mega factory somewhere but near to where they are going to be used.”
And the UK is one of these places on the radar, with Mr Lutz saying he had already had some conversations with UK companies about future opportunities.
“I think these would suit the UK absolutely perfectly, the bigger the city, the more sense one of these cars makes,” he said.
Top speed of 55mph
Despite its size and lack of engine, its creators claim it shares a number of similarities with Formula One cars, with energy absorbers around the chassis, similar to those used on the racing cars, to ensure maximum safety.
But don’t expect any Formula One speeds, the Luvly O has a top speed of around 55mph and the battery will provide a range of 62 miles.
Mr Lutz argued that while the speeds may not be high, the Luvly O gets around a number of current issues with electric vehicles, not least the problem of finding a charger - a major issue in the UK.
The Luvly O includes two removable batteries that do not require car chargers and could be taken into the office or the home to power up.
The full launch of the vehicle is expected in the second half of this year, and it would cost a cool £8,700 to own one.
However, don’t expect to see hundreds of these running up and down your high streets anytime soon, with a mass roll-out of these cars a few years off.
Mr Lutz said: “The plan is to get started as soon as possible but you know development of new technology always takes a bit more time than you wish for, we are hopeful to have some cars on the roads this year.”