Sweden’s tiny Uniti One electric vehicle has been revealed in production guise and first deliveries to customers in the UK and Sweden will commence in mid-2020.
The electric vehicle, crowdfunded last year and previewed with an eye-catching concept, will go on sale in the UK for £15,100 (US$19,043) after the £3,500 (US$4,414) government subsidy.
Two variants are available. The base model is fitted with a small 12 kWh battery that’s good for 93 miles (150 km) of range from a single charge, while a larger 24 kWh battery is available and extends the range to 186 miles (300 km). That’s seriously impressive for a battery pack of this size and there’s no doubt that the One’s total weight of just 600 kg (1,322 lbs) plays a significant role in the equation.
Uniti has designed the One to support 50 kW charging that can add 62 miles (100 km) of range in 10 minutes, while getting from 20 per cent 80 per cent in the 24 kWh model takes 17 minutes through a 50 kW charger. While vehicles like the Uniti One are not about straight-line performance, it can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a respectable 9.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h), which is good enough for most urban driving scenarios.
The exterior design of the production model is largely the same as the concept. In contrast, the cabin has been overhauled; while it retains the three-seat layout, with two passengers behind the driver, the study’s weird aircraft controls have been replaced by a traditionally-shaped steering wheel. The driver gets a digital instrument cluster right in front of him, a touchscreen infotainment screen to the right and a navigation screen to the left.
Uniti will sell the One with MobilEye’s 6 collision avoidance system as an option, alongside a premium audio system with six-speakers and an amplifier, while mood lighting comes as standard.
“This is just the start of our journey towards a more sustainable future,” Uniti chief executive Lewis Horne said. “I’m immensely proud of what the team has achieved by bringing this innovative vehicle to market in such a short time. But it’s not enough to merely challenge convention. Our goal for the Uniti One is for it to become a catalyst for positive change in our industry and I’m delighted at the way in which this vision has so clearly resonated with people across the globe.