This is the new Unity One. It’s a Swedish-designed, UK-engineered, all-electric city car, which features an unconventional one-plus-two seating layout out and a maximum range of 186 miles. Prices start from £15,100 (after the £3,500 government plug-in car grant), with first deliveries expected by mid-2020.
Standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights, power-adjustable side mirrors, an electrochromic panoramic sunroof, tinted electric windows, a heated front windscreen and a rear-view camera. Inside, buyers get a customisable ambient lighting system, a touchscreen infotainment system and the choice of either dark- or light-coloured upholstery.
The Unity One is fitted with split-folding rear bench seat as standard, in a bid to maximise its practicality. With the bench in place, the Unity One offer 155 litres of boot space – but with the rear seat stowed the Swedish EV offers an impressive 760-litres of storage capacity.
Optional extras for the Unity One EV include LED headlamps, a heated driver’s seat, air conditioning and an upgraded six-speaker stereo system. Buyers can also choose from either a comfort-spec interior (which is clad in carpet) or a utility-spec interior (which features durable rubber matting).
It’s powered by a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack as standard, which supplies power to a rear-mounted electric motor. The system has a maximum output of 67bhp and 85Nm of torque, which provides a 0–31mph time of 4.1 seconds, a 0–62mph time of 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 75mph.
With the 12kWh battery pack fitted, the Unity One has a claimed range of 93 miles. However, the Swedish brand offers a larger 24kWh battery pack as an optional extra, which extends the One EV’s maximum range to 186 miles.
Both battery packs can be charged using a domestic 7kW wall box or a commercially available 50kW fast charger. When using the latter system, the 12kWh battery can be charged from 20 percent to 80 percent in just nine minutes, while the 24kWh unit recovers the same amount of charge in seventeen minutes.
Uniti was established in 2015 as a research project at Lund University in Sweden. The brand has since expanded its operations, with the majority of the Unity One’s development being carried out in Norfolk, England. Uniti eventually plans to establish a UK-based assembly plant, which should lower the One’s sticker price.
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