Orders open for electric Uniti One Founders Series
Order books have opened for the forthcoming Uniti One, with the Swedish start-up company requesting full deposits for a limited-edition Founders Series model set to arrive in 2020.
Prices of around £20,000 were expected, and while final figures have still not been confirmed, customers who pay the full, undisclosed sum in 2019 will secure their cars before sales officially begin.
Alternatively, customers can join the waiting list with a deposit of €149 (around £134), which includes global membership with access to limited test-drive events and other perks.
Last year, the Swedish car company announced it would build its electric cars in the UK.
The firm will open a pilot factory at Silverstone Technology Park, which will create at least 150 jobs within Uniti itself, and more still in partner companies including Danneka, Siemens, Unipart and KW Special Projects.
The Uniti One – a city car that’ll use a 26kWh battery and 120kW electric motor to achieve a range of around 124 miles – will be the brand's first car. It’ll be capable of DC fast charging and will charge from 20-80% in 25 minutes from a 50kW charger.
An expected base price of around £20,000 will include the battery pack, although Uniti is keen to promote car-sharing, whether privately or in funded schemes. For that reason, the Uniti One will come with a key card that can be programmed to allow as many people as you wish to use the car.
Larger models, including a 2+2, will follow soon after, with pre-production versions of these expected to be revealed next year. Uniti says that it’s intent on rethinking car production and transport from the ground up. The company’s manufacturing process is arguably the most significant aspect of its current plans.
It aims to be the first company to fully utilise ‘digital twinning’, which allows remote, localised production facilities anywhere in the world to make Uniti cars from the ground up, without the need to ship large parts – as is the traditional method.
Each Uniti model is also designed to maximise parts re-use for others in the range, in order to minimise the need for separate tooling and production, therefore reducing the company’s carbon footprint. It’s even hoped that the necessary crash tests can be carried out digitally, to save waste.
In 2018, CEO Lewis Horne went as far as saying that “our ultimate goal is to not sell any cars at all. There has to be a moment in time when we switch from one way of thinking to another… It’s time to get the world to where it needs to be.”