Uniti Swedish Electric Car Team Partners With Siemens

 

Eighteen months ago, we reported on a project by engineering students at Sweden’s Lund University to design and build a new kind of electric car made with sustainable materials that will serve as a model for urban transportation in the future. The group actually raised € 1.2 million via crowd funding to get its program underway.

Uniti electric car

Now, German industrial giant Siemens has entered into a partnership with the group to produce their Uniti two seater electric car. Prototypes will be available later this year. The partners are planning to begin producing as many as 50,000 cars a year beginning in 2018.

The Uniti L7e will have a 15 kW electric motor and a top speed of 80 miles per hour. It will be manufactured using sustainable composites. The car will weigh less than 900 pounds and have a range of approximately 90 miles.

It is expected to sell for the equivalent of $22,835 in Sweden. That is more than $1,000 less than the electric version of the two seat Smart Car in Sweden. It will be steered by way of a device that resembles a Wii controller more than a traditional steering wheel.

Lewis Horne, the CEO of Uniti Sweden, says the deal gives 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.”

Dreams are wonderful things, but as even the redoubtable Elon Musk has learned, building a car  and marketing it successfully are really, really hard things to do. “There definitely are some famous success stories of automotive startups, but there are a lot more companies that are trying to break in right now, some that we think will succeed and some that won’t,” said Tim Stevens, editor of the website Roadshow. “Making a car is very, very difficult thing, and certifying that car worldwide is very difficult thing too.”

Source: Associated Press





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  • Antony Berretti

    OK> Super idea and why not. To understand the logic behind this you need to have visited europe’s old cities and towns. Where the humble little Ape used to go this can do it better and no pollution to suffocate wee kids and old grannies. For many young people who can’t wait to go from Scooters to car, this may provide the answer in the short term whilst they learn road sense and save for a bigger model suited to their changing lifestyles.

    • Steve Hanley

      Those not familiar with driving in Europe may not see the wisdom of this. Americans always want a car that can go coast to coast, towing a ski boat with bicycles and surfboards on the roof.

      • Antony Berretti

        Hence why it is starting in Europe! OK we need to see the proof and the propulsion system, but with dropping battery prices, by the time they get this to production and selling stage the costs of storage will be below $200 w/kg

  • partyzant

    I don’t think that there will be much demand for this 23k$ semi car. Price is much too high.

  • Tadeusz Piskozub

    The tech specs say that the motor is 40kW peak – this thing should be relatively fast.

    The only pain point to me is the price – you could get almost two Twizys(batteries included) for that.