In 36 hours the Swedish startup Uniti collected 500,000 euros. Siemens is to help out in the production of its unusual vehicle.
It is an electrically powered vehicle without pedals and steering wheel, which is to get a control as in an airplane. The Swedish E-car startup Uniti is receiving support from Siemens Nordics for the production of its vehicles.
As the company announced, 50,000 of the cars are to be produced fully in Sweden. The production will begin within 18 months, first vehicles are to be delivered in 2019.
With a range of around 150 kilometers, two people can be transported. Classical fittings will no longer exist, according to the company. Instead head-up displays – all tachometer stands are projected onto the glass, functions performed by touch. So far, there were all the features only in theory. First prototypes are currently being developed.
In October last year, Uniti spent a total of 500,000 Euros on a Crowd Investing Campaign on FundedByMe within 36 hours. In November, the campaign closed with 1.2 million euros. 600 investors from 45 different countries had come together.
The startup deliberately refrained from taking advantage of investor offers from the automotive industry, said company spokeswoman Verena Kitowski to the founder scene and NGIN Mobilty at that time. At Unity, one wants to proceed completely according to the open-source principle, says Kitowski.
With the new partner Siemens, the vision is one step closer. In the course of the partnership, a software suite is to be used, which allows the entire production process to be virtually planned before real implementation. For this purpose, the company’s first industrial 4.0 factory in Sweden will be manufactured.
The startup now has the possibility to produce in large numbers, and that faster and with a significantly lower starting capital.
The Startup Uniti has emerged in summer 2015 as a spin-off from a university project. The engineers, who work for Uniti’s founder Lewis Horne, are still partially in the final phase of their studies.
A similar project, which has emerged from a university project and also completed a successful campaign, is Sono Motors. Munich is developing a car that recharges itself via solar cells and has a climate system made of moss.