Electric-vehicle (EV) startup Uniti has unveiled its crowdfunded city car at its factory in Landskrona, Sweden.
The bubble-shaped commuter, dubbed the One, offers a 300km range from its 22kWh battery. A DC fast charger can add 200km of range in just 3o minutes if required, too.
Details about the car are still a bit hard to come by – in typical startup fashion – but we know the car will be offered in two-, four- and five-seat layouts, with a starting price of €14,900 ($23,360). Top-spec cars will sell for closer to €20,000 ($31,200).
Along with different seating setups, buyers will be able to choose from a traditional steering wheel or a 'centre-pivot joystick control system'. The company says the latter option is unique, and drew "audible interest" from the 2000-strong crowd of onlookers.
But the most interesting thing about the car, besides its optional joystick control scheme, is the way it was developed. Uniti has raised more than US$1 million through crowdfunding to build a prototype. It's now on sale online, with deliveries set to begin in 2019. Along with dealerships in Stockholm and Malmö, customers will be able to buy the car online – something Tesla has toyed with.
When production is up and running, Uniti says the One will emit at least 75 per cent less carbon over its lifecycle than a regular car. Partners in the project include Nvidia, Siemens, Haldex, BorgWarner and Kuka Robotics.