A group consisting of designer Konstantin Grcic, electric car maker Polestar, aluminium producer Hydro and electric motorcycle pioneer CAKE have collaborated to create Re:Move. It presents a new, sustainable way to carry and deliver goods, ideal for last-mile deliveries and city use. It was inspired by the shared conviction to reach a climate-neutral future and offer new sustainable mobility solutions.
The project was commissioned by Wallpaper Magazine, following the current pandemic which 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 and the need to radically reduce the reliance on combustion engines. The Re:Move strives to become a catalyst for change, inspiring new thinking around electric mobility.
Grcic has designed 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 275 kg payload, Re:Move, defines a new vehicle category.
It’s built with fully recyclable and low carbon aluminium, Re:Move carries and delivers in a cleaner, quieter, kinder way. Grcic worked with the Hydro engineering team, Polestar’s lead design engineer at the company’s UK research and development facility, Chris Staunton, and CAKE founder Stefan Ytterborn, to overcome the complex engineering challenges of realising his design.
A working version of Re:Move will be unveiled this autumn but the story behind the development of Re-Move, so far, will be first revealed by the collaboration partners at the South by South West Conference and Festival on 17 March.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said: “This is only the beginning. 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.”
Konstantin Grcic, Re:Move designer, said: “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.”
Hilde M. Aasheim, president and CEO of Hydro, said: “Hydro wants to lead the way in the green energy transition and we believe collaborations between leading partners are key to accelerate this change.
“With our growth in renewable energy and low-carbon aluminium, we can be an important partner for companies in their effort to further reduce emissions in production and use. This is why we are proud to work together with partners like Polestar to help accelerate the shift to more sustainable mobility.”
Stefan Ytterborn, CAKE founder and CEO, said: “What an irresistible combination of contributors. With Konstantin leading design and innovation and a platform of outstanding enablers in Hydro, Polestar and Wallpaper, we were honoured to be included, bringing drivetrain and battery technology to the table. With the obligation to inspire towards zero emissions, this is the kind of project, involving peak competence, that truly accelerates that motion.”