Sweden’s Uniti One EV launched for less than $30,000

While the price of electric vehicles (EV) is, for the moment, one of the sticking points for greater uptake, there are companies out there building EVs with sale tags that are well within striking distance of the regular consumer.

Uniti, a Swedish mobility company, has revealed the pricing and specification for its debut vehicle, the fully electric Uniti One. The car is an ‘urban electric vehicle’ and prices start in the UK from just £15,100 (after £3,500 UK Government subsidy) – that’s around $AU28,000.

With space for three adults, with the driver sat alone and in the middle up front, the Uniti One is offered with a choice of two battery sizes – a 12 kWh battery provides 150 km of range from a single charge, while the optional 24 kWh battery extends range to a claimed 300 km.

Uniti says the larger battery can be charged from 20 per cent to 80 per cent in about two hours with a typical domestic 7 kW charger and the optional on-board fast charger installed, or in 17 minutes via a 50 kW CCS charging unit. The 12kWh battery option takes just a smidge over one hour to charge from 20 per cent to 80 per cent (with on-board fast charger), or nine minutes using a 50 kW CCS unit.

The company says the 8.0 kWh/100km efficiency is achieved through the use of materials and innovative manufacturing techniques that give the car a kerb weight of just 600 kg.

The Uniti One accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 120 km/h and features two selectable driving modes. City mode optimises the car for energy efficiency, whereas Boost mode sharpens the accelerator response and adds a little weight to the steering.

On board is Android Automotive OS, an integrated system that brings access to Google Maps, Waze, Spotify and dozens of other Play Store apps and services without requiring a dedicated or connected smartphone.

Beyond infotainment, the car provides access to key vehicle functions, such as lighting, heating and ventilation, via a touch screen or voice activated interface.

Uniti says the vehicle comes equipped and prepared to take advantage of innovations in infrastructure and other areas as they become available.
Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates allows for improvements in the car’s safety and performance and allows for the addition of new features and upgrades. The Uniti One does away with the need for a traditional key or fob too, with entry to the car enabled via a secure mobile app.

There’s a host of passive and active safety equipment as standard, and customers can choose to specify Intel’s MobilEye 6 collision avoidance system – which comes equipped with Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warning.

The Uniti One is being offered initially to buyers in northern Europe and with first deliveries planned in Sweden and the UK for mid-2020.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Nov) 2019

6 Nov 2019

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