Uniti Of Sweden Switches Initial Electric Car Production to U.K.
“The U.S. is an interesting and big market for EVs and we are following the development closely”
SILVERSTONE, England – A day after Britain’s high-profile vacuum-cleaner maker Dyson announced it would make its first electric cars in Singapore, Swedish start-up Uniti said it will open a factory in the U.K. to make its battery-powered city cars.
Uniti told a press conference it plans to establish a factory at Silverstone, the racing car circuit, about 50 miles northwest of London.
Dyson said Tuesday the Singapore factory will start producing electric cars in 2021.
Earlier this year Uniti announced from Malmo, Sweden it would start making and selling its two-seater electric car late next year. Uniti also plans a 4 to 5-seater which will go on sale a few months later.
Uniti said it decided to switch production to Britain because the technology needed to make the car – light weight and strong carbon fiber – was centred there.
Uniti initially announced various specifications for the car, but has changed many because it has uprated the basic structure of the vehicle to improve safety, quality and increase power. This has raised the prospective price of the vehicle, but it will still be close to about $17,000 of the original announcement although this hasn’t yet been set.
Pre-orders now have a total value of about $85 million, up from $58 million previously, although as it only costs 149 euros ($170) to order one, that probably isn’t a serious figure. The final specification will offer a basic range of at least 125 miles.
The plant in Britain will be designed to enable production of 300,000 vehicles a year, split roughly half between the two models. Uniti said once it has set up what it called the “first fully digitalized electric vehicle production site in the UK”, it plans to roll out the project around the world to sites in Dubai, India, Australia, Mexico, Georgia and the U.S.
How much is the budget for the project?
“It’s too early to say at this point in time. More information will be shared later.” Uniti said in an email response..
What are the plans for the U.S.?
“The U.S. is an interesting and big market for EVs (electric vehicles) and we are following the development closely. We have had lots of interest from both customers and partners in the U.S. and we aim to launch Uniti in the USA once we have established a market share and identified a partner in region,” the company said.
Later in an interview Uniti CEO Lewis Horne said the company was actively negotiating to set up a factory in the U.S., once the pilot plant in Britain was up and running.
Uniti aims to sell directly from its website www.uniti.earth or via partnerships with shops. Servicing will be handled through established retailers throughout Europe.