Fun idea - 50 years later

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From French news source The Connexion:

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

Sounds like fun - the licensing and approval process will kill it in the US. Maybe for factory use. The article mentions that France already has a classification for electric vehicles not needing licenses. Very cool.

50 years ago? Almost.  In 1975, Chip Callenbach wrote a book called Ecotopia and had somewhat similar design. Modular with several options for power - electric, gasoline or diesel as well as options for front, rear and coachwork - tractor, sedan, truck, etc...  Would love to see one of these built.

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