Swedish carmaker Uniti to build electric cars in the UK
The Swedish car company Uniti has announced it will build 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 first car the company will produce is the Uniti One – a city car that’ll use a 26kWh battery and 120kW electric motor to achieve a range of around 124 miles. It’ll be capable of DC fast charging and will charge from 20-80% in 25 minutes from a 50kW charger.
Prices are yet to be confirmed, but it should cost around £20,000 inclusive of 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.
CEO Lewis Horne goes so far as to say 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.”