Currently reading: Luvly 0 is £8800 Swedish flat-pack EV to rival Citroën Ami
Price-slashing quadricycle weighs less than 400kg and uses a sandwich composite chassis

New Swedish start-up Luvly is aiming to use an Ikea-style flat-pack construction concept to revolutionise the light electric vehicle market. 

Headed by car industry veteran Håkan Lutz, the firm is developing a Citroën Ami-rivalling quadricycle, with the aim of manufacturing it using a sandwich composite chassis. That makes it cheaper to make than a traditional vehicle.

It also enables the machine to be shipped in individual pieces and then assembled closer to the customer’s location. 

The Luvly 0 weighs less than 400kg and is 2700mm long but features a 269-litre boot. It uses swappable batteries and the firm claims a range of 62 miles, as well as a top speed of 56mph. 

The initial starting price would be £8800. The sandwich composite chassis gains added protection from plastic foam blocks that act as energy absorption zones. Lutz experimented with this concept at a previous company around 15 years ago. 

Luvly rear three quarter

“We had a light chassis that was ridiculously strong, but it was also ridiculously expensive – like 20 times more than we could afford,” he said. 

The breakthrough with Luvly, claims Lutz, is a switch away from manufacturing a single monocoque to large composite panels, which can then be cut into the needed shapes and linked together by aluminium connectors.

“Doing that means the panels are super-cheap and we can ship them in pieces,” he said. “It also means we can tailor the panels for different vehicles.” The glues that connect the parts set in around three minutes, and Lutz estimates that production by robots could be done in around a minute. 

Shipping the vehicles in individual panels allows for potentially massive savings in terms of transport costs. Lutz estimates that around 20 fully assembled 0s would fit in a standard 20ft shipping container, but with each body panel taking up around half a square metre, one container could be used to ship 250 unassembled bodies. 

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Luvly is largely focused on the vehicle bodies and production process; Lutz said the machine will use “beautiful” off-the-shelf motors and batteries. 

It’s still in the homologation phase, and Lutz declined to put a timeline on when the 0 could reach production, noting that “a lot of small companies have promised the world and rarely delivered”. 

Beyond the 0, Lutz imagines that Luvly could expand to a range of lightweight vehicles that use shared components, allowing for even greater economies of scale. 

He is open to partnerships with a bigger manufacturer and said that if the machine were produced at scale, it could even be offered for less than that £8800 target price. “In theory we can go really, really low,” he said. “I wouldn’t even say affordable. I’d just say cheap.”

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Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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LP in Brighton 12 May 2023
Swappable batteries equate to easily stolen as many an electric bike owner will know. And where would you swap your flat battery fora fully charged one anyway?
That said I’m not sure that the current trend for EVs having integral batteries as part of the structure is right either!
russ13b 11 May 2023

People assuming it has no crash protection due to the size, completely forgetting what a Smart is like. 

Bimfan 11 May 2023

Looks preferable to an electric bike. The weatherproofing alone would be worth the money over cycling, nevermind the additional safety margin. 

Unfortunately, as it would be extremely popular as personal transport, the mainstream motor industry will probably buy it up and quietly bury it, so they can keep on making vast profits from overpriced EV's

Andrew1 11 May 2023
Unlike an electric bike, this will get stuck in traffic.