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Photo credit: Uniti One.

Car ads often show a lone car speeding along a scenic highway. But in reality, most driving is done in and around cities, with gridlocked traffic, shorter trips, and tiny parking spaces. It’s this scenario that Uniti CEO Lewis Horne had in mind when he developed a new kind of electric car.

Horne: “Its agility is more important in a city, so sharp turning radius, automated parking, a lot of co-pilot features, better visibility and a smaller form factor. Whereas a normal car is sort of big, heavy, flashy kind of thing, this is more of a clean, minimal, sleek – quite a futuristic design.”

The car, called Uniti One, is about the size of a golf cart. And it requires a smaller battery because the chassis is built with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, making it lighter-weight.

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Horne says these innovations result in a vehicle that – over its entire life cycle – emits significantly less carbon pollution than traditional autos and larger electric cars currently on the market.

Under current rules, the car cannot be sold in the U.S. so the first models will roll out in Sweden next year, before moving into the rest of Europe, the Mideast, and India.

Reporting credit: Franklin Crawford/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo source: Uniti One on Facebook.

Bruce Lieberman

Bruce Lieberman, a long-time journalist, has covered climate change science, policy, and politics for nearly two decades. A newspaper reporter for 20 years, Bruce worked for The San Diego Union-Tribune...