Swedish car company is using British engineering for its electric dream
A Swedish electric car company has utilised British engineering expertise in Norfolk to develop and manufacture its debut vehicle.
With headquarters in Lund, Sweden, Uniti was established in 2015 as an open innovation research project at Lund University. The project expanded and it now plans to build safe and affordable electric vehicles using premium technology and progressive design.
Uniti revealed a two-seater prototype in 2017 and the several thousand pre-orders that swiftly followed confirmed that there was a strong demand for the product. The car is now available as a three-seater vehicle called the Uniti One.
Operating from the company’s headquarters Sweden, Uniti’s team of product designers have merged cutting-edge digital technology with space-efficient design to create a smart and adaptable urban electric vehicle with a style and quality that is unmistakably Swedish.
The company’s vehicle development, engineering and production hub is in Norfolk, England – a region known for its world-class talent, resources and expertise in lightweight automotive engineering.
Placing efficiency and sustainability at the heart of the manufacturing process, and as the company grows and enters additional markets, Uniti plans to establish local assembly plants which use digital technology to build cars at the point of demand, vastly reducing the cost, time and environmental impact of transporting materials and vehicles globally.
Uniti CEO, Lewis Horne commented: “This is just the start of our journey towards a more sustainable future. I’m immensely proud of what the team has achieved by bringing this innovative vehicle to market in such a short time. But it’s not enough to merely challenge convention. Our goal for the Uniti One is for it to become a catalyst for positive change in our industry and I’m delighted at the way in which this vision has so clearly resonated with people across the globe.”
With prices starting from just £15,100 (after £3,500 UK Government subsidy), the Uniti One plans to offer affordable and sustainable urban mobility to consumers.
Offered initially to buyers in northern Europe and with first deliveries planned in Sweden and the UK for mid-2020, the Uniti One is now available to configure at www.uniti.earth.
How long does it take to charge?
Offered with a choice of two battery sizes, the Uniti One has a range of up to 300km, which can be charged from 20% to 80% in just 17 minutes with a 50kW CCS charger.
A direct benefit of the car’s ultra-compact footprint and light-weight construction, the Uniti One’s standard 12kWh battery provides 150km of range from a single charge, while the optional 24 kWh battery extending the range to the full 300km.
100km can be added in just 10 minutes using a 50kW CCS charger.
The larger 24kWh battery can be charged from 20% to 80% in two hours and six minutes with a typical domestic 7kW charger (and the optional onboard fast charger installed), or just 17 minutes via a 50kW CCS charging unit.
The 12 kWh battery option takes one hour and three minutes to charge from 20% to 80% (with onboard fast charger), or just nine minutes using a 50kW CCS unit.
Perfectly suited to the urban environment, the Uniti One accelerates from 0-50km/h in 4.1 seconds and 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 120 km/h, where permitted and conditions allow.
The car has been cleverly designed in response to evolving urban environments, vehicle usage and driving patterns. With its compact size and weight, driver-focused ethos and its zero-emissions EV credentials, the car has been engineered from the ground up for the city.
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