Shortly after the vacuum cleaner company Dyson cancelled their $2.7 billion project to create an electric car, Uniti of Sweden recently announced that they will create their own affordable, compact electric car.
When Dyson announced it would enter the electric car market, given the company’s expertise with small, compact products, it seemed likely it would make a small, lightweight, short-range runabout. An evolution of the golf-cart seemed most likely.
Unlike Dyson, that is the route being pursued by Uniti of Lund, with its little 3-seater designed in this town just north of Malmo in southern Sweden, although the range claimed would make it more than just a runabout. The Uniti was developed and engineered in Norfolk, England, and some cars will be made in Britain.
“Offered with a choice of two battery sizes, the Uniti One has a range of up to 300 kms (190 miles), which can be charged from 20% to 80% in just seventeen minutes with a 50 kW CCS charger,” Uniti said in a statement.
Uniti said orders are now open for the all-electric car, which costs $19,100 in Britain after a government subsidy of $4,100. First deliveries are planned in Sweden and Britain by mid-2020.
“Additional markets will be added progressively in time,” Uniti said.
The Uniti seats 3, with the driver alone and central at the front with two passengers behind. There is a choice of two battery sizes. The standard vehicle has a 12 kWh battery with up to 150 kms (93 miles) of range from a single charge, while the 24 kWh battery can reach 300 kms. The Uniti One accelerates from rest to 60 mph in under 10 seconds and has as top-speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
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