RE:MOVE / ELECTRIC CARGO VEHICLE / POLESTAR /
2021
Re:Move is a small but multi-functional cargo vehicle for last-mile urban delivery in cities.
A call from Wallpaper* Senior Editor Nick Compton initiated the design project, which was set-up as a creative collaboration between Wallpaper*, myself (KG-Design) and three other partners. Norwegian aluminium firm Hydro were providing highly recyclable, lower carbon aluminium. They were also responsible for making the characteristic long platform of the vehicle. Electric bike company Cake contributed the electric drivetrain. Last not least, Swedish car manufacturer Polestar mobilised their Coventry-based R&D facility, combining the engineering expertise of Polestar Director of Design Engineering Chris Staunton with Corum Technology.

The design project really started with the material from Hydro and a welding technique called friction stir welding, which is pioneered by Hydro. The combination of aluminium profiles and an efficient bonding technology allowed us to build a very strong, lightweight platform, which is basically what Re:Move is all about: a long loading platform on wheels. Re_Move has three wheels - one at the back (equipped with an electric hub motor) and two in the front. The front wheels feature a specially engineered tilt mechanism, which means that the vehicle is leaning into corners. The rider is standing at the rear of the vehicle driving the cargo like a dog sledge or longboard.

Together with engineers from UK based Corum, we developed and built a fully functioning prototype of Re:Move, which was presented at IAA (Internationale Automobil Ausstellung) in Munich in 2021.

Project assistants: Pascal Hien and Simon Frambach (KG-Design)
Partners: Hydro, Polestar, Cake, Corum, Wallpaper.