Swedish electric car company is making the electric car cool by rethinking the car as a whole new concept
Electric cars are definitely the future for personal transportation but with terrible range and even worse looks will we ever accept them as our first choice? Heres where Uniti steps in, they are a new electric car company that are re thinking the car.
Rolling Road Magazine caught up with the CEO Lewis Horne to find out more about their promising concept.
The transition to electric mobility is happening and it is important to get behind it as quickly as possible. Lets design for electric car technology so we can make the ideal electric car. Modern cars are still based on heavy steel frames and are parked 90% of their life, they use oil inefficiently sitting in a traffic jams in cities like London and Paris who have high CO2 levels. Electric cars no longer have to be based on a concept from the 1920’s, which is a big fossil fuel powered car. Uniti say that a modern car should be light, environmentally friendly and agile.
Their first car will weight 450kg (dry weight) thanks to its light carbon fiber and bio composite construction and will do 0-80km/h in under 3.5 seconds. Imagine that kind of go kart performance on the road. With it being fully electric, you’ll be able to have more control over the torque which means it’s safer. Uniti have partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering and Siemens for the design and engineering aspects of this project which is a reassuring thing to know, with such huge companies behind this concept it will definitely be something promising.
Power will come from electric motors on all four wheels and the batteries will provide a reliable 300km range. Uniti will feature induction charging and plug in charging for their vehicles with 80% charge in 15 minutes. For those of you who live in an apartment block or don’t have access to a charger at home, Uniti will offer a little removable battery pack that can be taken out of your car and in to your apartment for charging. The small battery pack gives you 30km of range that you can deposit in to the car so that you can drive to your nearest available charging point.
The Uniti EV is aimed at the urban millennial market or as a second family car. They also say that anyone who is tech savvy and is interested in a clean renewable and sustainable form of transportation can own one.
The interior will include a steer-by-wire system and a full screen smart heads-up display. Uniti replaces press and pull with touch and swipe and will have autonomous driving applications.
Your probably thinking that it’s quite small and wont be practical? Well 99% of vehicle trips are less than 30 km and statistics show that the average trip has 1.2 people in a car so this will fit in well with your everyday commuting needs. Apart from a 2 seater, there will also be a 4 seater option in the future. The flagship model will cost €20,000 and lower cost models will be available later on. Expect a working prototype by the end of the year with a mass scale release in 2019.
Uniti aim to be a sustainable manufacturer of composite materials and have an automated vehicle assembly.
Shell recently announced that they are buying NewMotion, which is one of the largest charging providers in Europe with over 30,000 public charging points which just goes to show how much investment is going in to EV market.
What do you think of an all-sustainable electric car that costs less than a BMW i3?
Watch their current crowd funding video below and follow their progress on their youtube channel and social accounts.