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Uniti One launched at Rs 7.14 lakh ex-showroom (India) in India at Auto Expo 2018. The Uniti One is an electric vehicle built by a small team in Sweden, which the company plans to bring to India in 2020. The Uniti One booking amount is at just Rs 1,000, and the carmaker is also offering a 100 percent refund of the booking deposit.
The Uniti One features a simple, aerodynamic design with a sleek surface and fully covered wheels. The One EV size is about the same as the Mahindra e2o. At the Auto Expo 2018, the company displayed the 2-seater version while the 5-seater was showcased through a virtual reality demonstration. The deliveries of the former are expected to begin in 2019, while the 5-seater version will be available only in 2020.
The carmaker has tied up with the Delhi-based Bird Group to roll out Uniti One in India. The Bird Group will locally assemble and distribute it in India. The Uniti One is powered by a 22kW lithium-ion battery and has a claimed driving range of 200km on a single charge. The company has not revealed the performance figures of the One, but it does boast of few notable features.
Utilising the Uniti fast charger, the One EV can be charged to 90 percent in just 20 minutes, while the full charge will take 40 minutes. Using a standard wall mounted will take nearly three hours to charge the Uniti One fully. The One has no steering wheel; it has two joysticks instead to accelerate/ decelerate as well as to steer. Uniti claims that initial users have found it more instinctive to drive than a conventional car with a steering wheel.
For India, Uniti will bring the One EV with a steering wheel and sadly not the joysticks. The carmaker also says that the One will have Level 4 autonomous capabilities; however, this is not confirmed for the Indian market as of now.
As for the equipment level, the Uniti One features a 7-inch touchscreen system between the two joysticks. The system manages everything, from infotainment duties to social media updates. Additionally, there's a head-up display, which is cast on the large windscreen.
Lewis Horne, CEO of Uniti says, "Our vehicles are optimal for the Indian market and well aligned with India's strong demand for clean mobility. Bird Group was identified as an ideal partner due to their experience in the mobility sector, along with their capacity for local assembly and mass distribution of our vehicles,"
Thoughts About The Uniti One Launch In India
The Uniti One EV will rival the Mahindra e2o in India priced competitively for the Indian market. While the e2o is priced lower compared to the One, the former lacks the driving range and charging time compared to the Uniti One. That said, Mahindra has extensive knowledge of EVs in India as the e2o is on Indian roads for a while. The carmaker understands the pros and cons of EVs, especially for the Indian market.