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Polestar's electric cargo "sled" concept can cut it in the bike lane

Polestar's electric cargo "sle...
Polestar says that a fully working version of the Re:Move is in development and will be revealed in the fall
Polestar says that a fully working version of the Re:Move is in development and will be revealed in the fall
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With only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move
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With only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move
Advances in electric propulsion have opened up some interesting possibilities when it comes to moving goods through busy urban areasWith only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move
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Advances in electric propulsion have opened up some interesting possibilities when it comes to moving goods through busy urban areas

With only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move
Polestar says that a fully working version of the Re:Move is in development and will be revealed in the fall
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Polestar says that a fully working version of the Re:Move is in development and will be revealed in the fall
Crafted primarily from low-carbon and recyclable aluminum, the Re:Move is designed to be compact enough to travel in most bike lanes
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Crafted primarily from low-carbon and recyclable aluminum, the Re:Move is designed to be compact enough to travel in most bike lanes
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Advances in electric propulsion have opened up some interesting possibilities when it comes to moving goods through busy urban areas, from all manner of electric cargo bikes to more peculiar creations, like scooters that carry their loads inside their frames. Automaker Polestar has leveraged its expertise in this area to cook up an electric cargo mover of its own, a sleek and minimalist three-wheeler named Re:Move.

Having launched all-electric cars designed to compete with those from Tesla, Volvo-owned Polestar is now expanding to include more mobile transporters of cargo and people. The Re:Move concept was designed in collaboration with electric motorbike-maker Cake, aluminum-maker Hydro, Wallpaper magazine and industrial designer Konstantin Grcic. It is described as a dynamic urban "sled."

With only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move
With only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move

Crafted primarily from low-carbon and recyclable aluminum, the Re:Move is designed to be compact enough to travel in most bike lanes. Despite this small stature, it is claimed to have a carrying capacity of 600-lb (275 kg), which is a substantial load for everyday folks carrying their groceries home or moving a few boxes. This paired with the flatbed design might see the Re:Move find more use among professional couriers and delivery services.

“The horizontal platform and the vertical shield is something you don’t see in vehicle design," says Konstantin Grcic. "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.”

Advances in electric propulsion have opened up some interesting possibilities when it comes to moving goods through busy urban areasWith only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move
Advances in electric propulsion have opened up some interesting possibilities when it comes to moving goods through busy urban areas

With only renders to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move

With only renders and no other specs to look at for now, it seems a real-world deployment is a while away for the Re:Move. Polestar does say, however, that a fully working version is in development and will be revealed later this year. It also says more of the thinking and the story behind the Re:Move concept will be shared at the SXSW festival on March 17.

“This is only the beginning,” says 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.”

Source: Polestar

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Captain Danger
"This is so much more exciting than the last twenty years when designers were just making things pretty."
they sure cannot be accused of making thing pretty in this case!
Should have rendered in some cargo nets , I can just see boxes sliding off at the first corner.
paul314
For deliveries in non-US-style cities, or some US city centers, this kind of thing would be perfect. Grocery orders for everyone in a medium-sized apartment building.

Also plausibly for parts transfer inside certain kinds of large factories?
jerryd
It needs a seat and I hope it tilts or only goes 5mph.
I'd go smaller front wheels farther back and at least some sides as no way cargo is going to just sit there and not slide off..
robertswww
It looks like the 2 front wheels are linked to the steering handle, so they provide most of the turning. Perhaps the main platform does not tilt (for package stability), but the undercarriage/chassis tilts while making a turn. I saw a folding cargo e-scooter last month on Youtube called the Mimo C1, so this looks like it is a new segment of the electric market that is starting to take form.