Companies like Tesla have done a lot to advance electric car technology to curb carbon emissions. Now Uniti Sweden is seeking to take electric car transportation to the next level with a tiny “super high-tech” electric vehicle specifically designed for urbanies. The group ahs just raised over $1.3 million on crowdfunding platform FundedByMe to make their sleek, eco-friendly car a reality.
Uniti Sweden’s car, also called Uniti, is a two-seat vehicle designed for short range trips, like a city commute, although the car has a 150 kilometer, or around 93 mile, range. The small car weighs a mere 400 kilograms, or almost 882 pounds. But the company didn’t compromise on safety; they say they were able to drastically slash car weight by removing “excess plastic moulding, furnishings, and static interfaces such as plastic buttons,” according to their crowdfunding page. The sporty car is equipped with a 15kW AC motor and is comprised primarily of biomaterials. Uniti Sweden describes the city car as sustainable and socially responsible.
Not only is the Uniti environmentally friendly, it includes several futuristic features like an augmented reality Head-Up Display that offers information like current speed while a user is on the road. Their technology tracks a driver’s head movements and hands to enhance the experience. The car is even designed to be able to drive autonomously.
In a video describing their design, Uniti said, “The idea felt obvious: cars in our cities are overweight, over-sized, overpowered, pump out poisonous gases, and there are 1.2 billion of them on Earth today. And for all that environmental harm, economic strain, and health impact, cars generally carry around only one or two people for short distances.”
The $1.3 million Uniti Sweden just raised on FundedByMe will go towards developing the technology, creating the first prototype, and expanding the team. They aim to finish their prototype in 2017, and ultimately plan to start distribution in Western Europe.
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