In some parts of the world, the delivery car is no longer a fantasy. An example of this is the Lovely 0, the brainchild of a Stockholm-based Swedish firm specializing in microcars. It’s less than three meters tall, weighs less than 400kg, is made entirely from recycled (and recyclable) materials, and has electricity.
The Lovely 0’s styling is very Swedish and very Ikea: with a minimalist design with straight but fluid lines, a good-sized windshield and windows that prioritize good vision, discreet but efficient headlights, and light colors outside and inside.
Conceived purely for urban use, the two-seater measures 2.7 meters long, 1.53 meters wide, and 1.44 meters high, has a trunk with a capacity of 267 liters, and weighs 380 kg. The brand, Lovely, whose name derives from Lite Urban Vehicles (Light Urban Vehicles), was conceived with the idea of revolutionizing mobility in cities.
Reverse a global trend
Its CEO, Håkan Lutz, observed that there is a global and widespread trend within the automotive industry to build increasingly large cars, which in turn generates a sort of competition between drivers to see who has more. Powerful ship. The man, by the way: he measures 1.93, is convinced that this trend threatens the efficiency and social order of cities, because their centers do not grow together. The result is a city saturaed with cars that literally won’t fit. Overcrowded cities, pollution-environment and noise- and road accidents on the one hand, and lack of space on the other. In short, Lutz sees electric microcars as a tool to counter this trend and in line with the fight against climate change.
Performance and benefits
With regard to the mechanics of the Lovely 0 and in line with the motto About, the small car houses a 6.4 kWh battery, divided into two modules of 15 kg each and removable, which made household loads possible. May go. Furthermore, it has a very low consumption, 6 kWh per 100 km (80% of standard electric cars), which allows a range of 100 km per charge, and 80% do so.
In terms of performance, the makers of the Lovely 0 have already confirmed that the car can reach speeds of up to 90 mph.
it’s safe? This is another relevant question when talking about microcars. Lovely assures that the answer is positive, as the vehicle has a sandwich-type technology that absorbs energy and protects passengers in case of a collision. The same logic applies to cars competing in Formula 1 races.
For delivery and unarmed
The great innovation of the Lovely 0, beyond its dimensions and performance, is the way the vehicle is delivered. Desiring to make the factory process easier and cheaper, Lovely adopted a shipping system similar to that of Ikea, a firm of Swedish origin that specialized in manufacturing and selling flat-pack furniture. Thus, Lovely sends each customer a package similar in style to the multinational package, which includes all the parts of the car, ready to be assembled. In terms of capacity, one container can hold enough parts to add 20 cars.
However, the difference with Ikea is that unlike furniture that has detailed instructions for anyone to assemble ,by themselves and requires no prior training, the Swedish microcar has to be assembled by an expert from Lovely. For this purpose, the firm plans to set up various regional factories in different parts of Europe (the idea is that, in the future, they will also be in other continents), which this example will be in charge of.
The Swedish firm indicates that the shipping method is the plus point that will differentiate and separate them from their competitors in the field of the automotive world.
Lovely’s CEO is convinced that small cars are the future of cities, or at least they should be.
Lovely 0: Is it possible to order now?
On the firm’s website, you can already place an order for Lovely 0 at a price of 10,000 euros. Although talk of a pricey and distant producforna, in Europe it could mark the beginning of a new trend, perhaps similar to what Smart put on at the time, but electrified.
Looking to the future, the Swedish company maintains that the Lovely 0 is the first of many models designed for urban use and that they will all have the same guarantees in terms of safety and stability, and the same shipping method Will be The next possible configurations Lovely talks about are a sports model, a compact van and a trike.