Uniti plans to manufacture BEVs in Australia


The Swedish EV startup has announced plans to begin manufacturing their compact battery-electric Uniti One in Australia in the future. An annual capacity of up to 10,000 units are expected. The two-seater will begin production in Adelaide in 2020.

A local partner was not named by the startup. It is clear what the vehicle will cost, however: Down Under, the Uniti One will cost about 20,000 Australian dollars, or about €12,300.

The Uniti one will be fitted with inductive charging technology, as well as hardware for autonomous driving, even if the latter will not be used for some time. The choice for Adelaide was made because it is one of the few Australian cities making infrastructural and regulatory preparations for future autonomy levels 4 and 5. Uniti aims to get on that train early.

At the start of the year, the Swedes also hinted at a production facility to be set up in India, for which the startup would cooperate with the Bird Group. In India, they would also add a five-seat version of the BEV, next to the two-seater being offered in other locations. The price in India was set at about €9,000, and the startup plans to sell 500,000 units in India by 2024.

In Sweden, the Uniti One has a starting price of €14,900, whereas the fully furnished model will cost up to €19,900. According to the manufacturer, the midi BEV can manage a range of 300 km with a 22 kWh battery at a top speed of 130 km/h.

The production facility in Sweden is located in Landskrona, and Uniti has brought Siemens aboard as a partner. The German addition to the process were automated production lines. Other partners in the production process include Nvidia, Tele2, Kuka, Haldex, BorgWarner and Fanuc Robots. Last winter, another cooperation with energy provider E.ON was announced, where customers would receive five years of free solar power for charging their vehicles at home.


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