The coronavirus crisis has opened a window to a world with less noisy cities, where the air is cleaner to breathe. In parallel, there has been a surge in online shopping and home deliveries. Inspired by a real opportunity to rebuild better and greener, a group of designers, leaders in e-mobility and material engineering have joined forces in a unique project named Re:Move.
The project aims to reimagine last-mile deliveries and how goods are transported within cities as the world looks to radically reduce the reliance on combustion engines. Commissioned by Wallpaper Magazine, and created by designer Konstantin Grcic, electric car maker Polestar, aluminum producer Hydro and electric motorcycle pioneer CAKE, Re:Move presents a new, sustainable way to carry and deliver goods.
It is an electric cargo mover designed to be a dynamic, three-wheeled urban ‘sled’ with a sleek and minimalist design. Built with fully recyclable and low carbon aluminum, Re:Move carries and delivers in a cleaner, quieter, kinder way. The vehicle is compact and mobile enough for most bike lanes but big enough to handle a 275 kg payload. The rider stands in the back and rides the tricycle as if it were a scooter. Other details – such as the autonomy and its maximum speed – have not yet been revealed.
According to its creators, Re:Move was born from the need to provide a sustainable way of transporting and delivering goods. Its flat-floor architecture and its long wheelbase will allow it to transport all types of packages that have the need to move between two points at a short distance.
Konstantin Grcic comments, “The horizontal platform and the vertical shield is something you don’t see in vehicle design. This is how you’d build a table or a shelf. I think the simplicity and directness, the pragmatism, is nice. Good design has always been sustainable because it’s lasting. Things that have a long lifecycle are sustainable.“
Unfortunately, at the moment, the Re:Move is not a real product. It is a concept, and Polestar says that a fully working version of the Re:Move is in development and will be revealed in the fall. Now, that does not mean that the vehicle is assured of its mass production; it is something that remains to be seen.
“This is only the beginning,” states Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “The electric drivetrain is only the first step; then we have to look at the whole supply chain and what materials we design with. This is so much more exciting than the last twenty years when designers were just making things pretty.“