Polestar Eyes Up Cargo e-Scooter Sector

Polestar has collaborated with e-mobility designers in the creation of last mile e-scooter cargo delivery vehicles.

The project, Re:Move, aims to exploit the changes in societal mobility since the pandemic which has seen less populous cities enjoying cleaner air as people obeyed instructions to stay home. In parallel, there has been a surge in online shopping and home deliveries. Reacting to these changes, the group behind Re:Move saw the opportunity to reimagine last-mile deliveries and how goods are transported within cities as the world looks to radically reduce the reliance on combustion engines.

German industrial designer, Konstantin Grcic, planned Re:Move to be a dynamic, three-wheeled urban ‘sled’. A team of innovators in e-mobility and material engineering, collaborating remotely, worked to make his vision a viable, working reality. Compact and mobile enough for most bike lanes but big enough to handle a 275kg (605lbs) payload, the vehicle sits in a category of its own. Built with fully recyclable and low carbon aluminum, it can carry and deliver quietly and without pollution at street level.

Grcic worked with the Hydro engineering team, Polestar’s design engineering lead at the company’s UK research and development facility, Chris Staunton and CAKE founder Stefan Ytterborn, to overcome the complex engineering challenges of realizing his design.

A working version of Re:Move will be unveiled this autumn. “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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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