We couldn't think of a cuter way to get our Amazon gizmos.
Last mile delivery is a term in a product's journey for the last step when it lands on a customer's doorstep. It's not only a key to customer satisfaction but also the most expensive and time-consuming part. Ford talks about it a lot with its e-Transit van and electric automaker Polestar is also looking to help in that "last mile" with a new electric transporter prototype called the Re:Move.
We talked a little bit about the Polestar Re:Move in March, but we hadn't seen it live yet, and since then the specs have changed. And, while it's not as cool as the Polestar 2 going on tour or the company's massive expansion plans, for the planet, it's probably more important.
Polestar says the project came from a design study, which caught the attention of industrial designer Konstantin Grcic. The study was the beginning of the project, which brought in designers, material and mobility experts at Polestar, and two mobility companies called CAKE and Hydro.
"The passion and expertise our partners have brought to this project shows the power of great design," says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. "Electrifying vehicles is the start point, not the end game. Our engineers have proven that this kind of open collaboration will accelerate innovation and the shift to truly sustainable mobility."
The electric scooter/transporter is only 29 inches wide, which means it can fit in bike lanes, and can carry 400 pounds. We'll note that limit is 200 pounds less than what it estimated for the design study. It has an aluminum chassis and can lean around corners both for stability and to shrink the turning radius to less than 23 feet.
Disc brakes at the front and back will slow the Re:Move down from its maximum speed of 15 mph, while a dampened rear swingarm will keep the rider comfortable. Daytime running lights and brake lights are standard, but indicators and a horn are optional.
"With the obligation to inspire towards zero emissions, Re:Move defines a new vehicle category. We're delighted to contribute with our high-capacity battery, hub motor and smart technology," says Stefan Ytterborn, CAKE founder and CEO.