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: 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.
What it is
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 3,222 mm, width 1,709 mm, height 1,505 mm, wheelbase 2,175 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: 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
But those who placed 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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