Renault and Ikea team up to make a flat-pack car you build at home

The vehicle is only at concept stage but, if successful, would contain 374 assemble-at-home pieces and cost around €5,300

21 May 2021
A concept art design of the yellow electric Renault Ikea car being driven on a road. Renault and Ikea team up to make a flat-pack car you build at home

The concept is a partnership between Ikea and Renault, by designer Ryan Schlotthauer (Image: HÖGA - IKEA MOBILITY / Ryan Schlotthauer / Behance.net) Pic: HÖGA - IKEA MOBILITY / Ryan Schlotthauer / Behance.net

By Hannah Thompson

You could soon be able to ‘DIY’ assemble your own electric car, after French car maker Renault announced this week that it is working on a project with Swedish flat-pack homeware giant Ikea.

Renault is working with American designer Ryan Schlotthauer – whose previous clients include American vehicle brand GM – to create an electric ‘kit’ vehicle.

Code-named Höga, which means ‘high’ in Swedish, the vehicle would be intended for city use, and measure 2.3 metres long, and 1.8 metres high when constructed. 

Image: HÖGA - IKEA MOBILITY / Ryan Schlotthauer / Behance.net

The creators hope that if it does reach the market, it would be sold at a price of €5,300.

The design, including the shape and colours, was inspired by “classic Bauhaus principles”, Ikea said, and “needed to be pure, purposeful, and function should always come before form”.

It said: “Höga is a concept literally built on the idea of a bridge. Aims to close the gap of those living in the less expensive suburbs, to jobs and mobility that fills dense urban cities.”

In the same way as Ikea’s famous flat-pack furniture, the car would arrive as a DIY kit, in 374 pieces, although some parts will arrive already assembled, for a total of 114 individual parts on delivery.

Image: HÖGA - IKEA MOBILITY / Ryan Schlotthauer / Behance.net

Image: HÖGA - IKEA MOBILITY / Ryan Schlotthauer / Behance.net

When fully assembled, the model has large windows, four-wheel steering, and a ‘skateboard’-style base; plus enough space to fit a wheelchair, pram, or bicycle next to the driver; plus accessible access.

Image: HÖGA - IKEA MOBILITY / Ryan Schlotthauer / Behance.net

Road safety authorities are currently working to evaluate the concept, to see if it would be safe for use on normal roads alongside normal vehicles.

It is thought that the vehicle could be a rival to the ‘no licence’ electric cars - or voiture sans permis (VSP) - that are currently available to drive in France, such as Aixam or Ligier.

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