Uniti (car)

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Uniti Sweden AB
Uniti
Public company
IndustryElectric car
FoundedJanuary 2016
FounderLewis Horne
HeadquartersTellusgatan 13, ,
ProductsUniti car
Number of employees
45 employees
Websitehttp://www.uniti.earth

Uniti Sweden is a Swedish automotive startup founded in January 2016 by Lewis Horne (CEO) which is developing a high tech electric city car in Lund, Sweden.

Uniti started as an open innovation project at Lund University and evolved into an independent startup in January 2016. The company aims at changing the automotive codes by redesigning the entire car, which entails removing the steering wheel and most of the mechanical system as well as producing the first sustainable car.[1]

The prototype development is funded through an equity-crowdfunding campaign on the Swedish platform FundedByMe, which was supported by 570 investors who invested €1,227,990.[2] The company placed display cars at Media Markt locations in Stockholm and Malmö, with VR test-drives available.[3]

Uniti[edit]

Prototype[edit]

Uniti publicly exhibited the one-piece cockpit concept, called Kepler Pod, for the first time during the 2016 CeBit event.[4] The cockpit has been coupled with a virtual reality system to showcase the head-up display technology which will be featured in the car.

Different exterior design concepts have been displayed during a private event in April 2017.[5] The final prototype design will be unveiled later in 2017.[6]

Uniti One[edit]

Initially, the two and four seater vehicles (depending on the version) were designed to comply with the regulatory vehicle category of heavy quadricycles (L7e)[7] (e.g. Renault Twizy), but in July 2018, Uniti announced that both the 2-seater and a 4/5-seat model will be in the M1 class, which means that the Uniti cars will undergo the same crash tests and safety requirements as regular automobiles.[8]

To be lightweight (450 kg) and safe, the car will be made with sustainable composite biomaterials and carbon fibers. Uniti car will have 2 electric motors delivering a total output 15 kW (40 kW peak), which allows the vehicle to reach 0 to 80 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 90 km/h to 130 km/h depending on the version. The urban electric car will have a Li-Ion battery which supports induction and plug-in charge, and capable of supplying 11 to 20 kWh of energy. Depending on the version, the range per charge varies from 150 km to 300 km. The Swedish car will feature technologies designed in-house such as a steer-by-wire system, an interactive HUD windscreen, a digital human-machine interaction capacity, as well as autonomous driving functions.[9]

In February 2018, the company showcased a two-seater at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida, India. The company also announced a partnership with the Delhi-based Bird Group to bring a five-seater car to the Indian market by 2020.[10][11]

Production[edit]

German industrial giant Siemens has entered into a partnership with the group to produce their Uniti two-seater electric car. In 2017, the company claimed that prototypes would be available later that year. The partners were planning to design a fully automated Industry 4.0 facility in Malmö, Sweden, to produce as many as 50,000 cars a year beginning in 2018. They were also considering a production facility in Adelaide, Australia, for distribution into the Asian market. Lewis Horne, the CEO of Uniti Sweden, said the deal gave his company “the opportunity to not only develop a sustainable car, but also manufacture it in a sustainable way at a large scale.” Ola Janson of Siemens Industry Software said he was “really looking forward to having that partnership” between “Siemens as the very old, stable company, yet still innovative” and Uniti Sweden made up of “young people, innovative people, (who) don’t have the legacy, don’t have the limits like myself.” [12][13]

In late October 2018, Uniti switched course, as it announced plans to open its European pilot production plant at a business park in Silverstone, England, with 2-seaters expected in production by late 2019 or early 2020, followed a few months later by 4- and 5-seat versions.[14][15] Among the advantages to the Silverstone Park plant are: access to design, engineering and production talent, supply chain access, as well as access to the UK auto market.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schlichter, Alexander (2016-10-11). "Uniti - Reinvent the automobile". Wundering.
  2. ^ "Svenska elbilen som blev en crowdfunding-succé – 5 miljoner på två dagar". Veckans affärer. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  3. ^ Carlström, Vilhelm (2018-02-01). "This revolutionary Swedish-built electric car will hit the road in 2019 - here's a sneak peek". nordic.businessinsider.com. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  4. ^ "Uniti: Winziges umweltfreundliches Elektroauto auf der CeBIT". computerbild.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  5. ^ "Uniti Design private event". www.facebook.com/teamuniti. April 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "An Affordable, Futuristic Electric Car Will Finally Hit the Streets in 2017". Futurism. 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  7. ^ "Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2013 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles Text with EEA relevance". EUR-Lex. European Union Law. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.uniti.earth/one-step-closer-to-the-roads/
  9. ^ "Uniti Sweden". Uniti. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  10. ^ Mukherjee Sharmistha, https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/auto-expo-2018-swedens-uniti-hopes-to-launch-affordable-e-car-by-2020-in-india/articleshow/62804425.cms (Feb 08, 2018), Retrieved on 2019-01-03
  11. ^ https://www.businesstoday.in/sectors/auto/auto-expo-swedish-uniti-one-bird-group-pre-order-electric-car/story/270269.html (Feb 16, 2018), Retrieved on 2019-01-03
  12. ^ "Siemens Partners With Swedish Electric Car Developer Uniti". cleantechnica.com. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  13. ^ "New fully automated car factory in Sweden - Automotive startup Uniti partners with Siemens to establish world first facility". Uniti Sweden via mynewsdesk.com.
  14. ^ Winton, Neil (2018-10-24). "Sweden's Uniti Shifting Initial Production Of Its Two-Seat EVs To Britain". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  15. ^ Kane, Mark (2018-10-27). "Uniti One Electric Car To Enter Production In 2020". insideevs.com. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  16. ^ "BBC Uniti feature". YouTube. 2018-10-28.

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