Uniti One: Another Scandinavian EV
Uniti has announced that its city car, the Uniti One, is open for deposits. If you live in Sweden or the UK.
Background: Th!nk City Car
Back in 2008 the Th!nk City city car was announced in Geneva. An electric city car. From a Norwegian company. Built by Valmet in Finland. There was even a factory in Elkhart, Indiana for a while. The lithium-ion batteries were provided by EnerDel.
By 2012, the electric vehicle company went bankrupt. (EnerDel still exists)
Now: Uniti One
A Swedish company, Uniti, has announced that its city car, the Uniti One is open for deposits. If you live in Sweden or the UK.
This is a three-seater. Central seat for the driver. A bench seat in the back for two. Or if you prefer to carry 760 liters worth of cargo, fold the seat back down.
It comes standard with a 12-kWh lithium ion battery, optionally with a 24-kWh power pack. That means either 150 or 300 km range. It has a 50-kW permanent magnet motor that provides a top speed of 120 km/h.
The Uniti One is small: length 3222 mm, width 1709 mm, height 1505 mm, wheelbase 2175 mm.
It has an aluminum- carbon fiber-intensive structure.
It has a curb weight (or as this is a Euro vehicle, “kerb weight”) of 600 kg.
The future: Mid-2020 Deliveries
Deliveries are set to occur in mid-2020.
According to Uniti CEO Lewis Horne there will be new software features occurring over time for the “climate neutral, digital-first” vehicle. Some of those upgrades will come with a price.
But those who place a deposit of 50% (the starting MSRP is 17,767) before the end of November will be in the “Founders Club” and “receive all future software applications, updates and enhancements completely free of charge for life.”
Maybe EVs are more acceptable now, because looking back at the four year run of Th!nk, that “for life” could conceivably be not all that long.
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