Last year, we reported on a Swedish startup crowdsourcing over $1 million to build a prototype of an urban electric vehicle that they designed.
The electric car startup Uniti has now unveiled a working prototype in a short video.
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The Uniti One is presented as an affordable urban commuting car to compete with vehicles like smart cars.
The price tag will be “under €19,900” (~$23,400 USD) for a vehicle with 300 km (186 miles) on a 22 kWh battery pack.
Uniti One is also capable of DC charging, which the startup says will add 200 km of range in 30 minutes.
They haven’t gone into details about performance, though that’s not the kind of vehicle aimed at high performance, but they say that it can accelerate from 0 to 80 km/h in 3.5 seconds in “sports mode” and it has a top speed up to 130 km/h (81 mph).
At the time, we warned of the potential risk of crowd-funding projects, but the company did a few smart partnerships with experienced suppliers like Siemens, Kuka Robotics, BorgWarner, Fanuc Robots and many more.
Now it apparently resulted in an actual working prototype as evidenced by a video unveiled today:
The company also announced last year that they plan to leverage their technology for a line of two, four and five-seat vehicle models, with first deliveries targeted for 2019. Other upcoming vehicles will have an even lower cos, going as low as €14,900.
I happy to see them progress, but I am not convinced that they can bring it to market on the announced timeline.
It’s one thing to make a vehicle with a working electric powertrain and chassis, but it’s another to make it pass all safety regulations to be road ready.
Not that safety is likely going the first priority of people who buy those ridiculously small urban cars, but it’s still a concern.
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