Uniti Sweden has announced
plans to establish an electric vehicle “pilot production plant” at Silverstone
Park, the home of the British Grand Prix. The facility will be used to produce
the Uniti One electric car, while serving as a blueprint for globally licensed
“digital” assembly plants throughout the world.
The initiative aligns with the UK’s industrial
strategy to lead the world in zero emission and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Uniti anticipates this Industry 4.0 pilot facility to be operational by 2020,
leading the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing
“The UK’s approach to vehicle production, with
its focus on light-weighting and innovation in advanced materials, is an ideal
model for electric car production globally,” says Uniti CEO, Lewis Horne. “It’s
no secret that some of the world’s best vehicle engineers are clustered around
Silverstone. When coupled with a government receptive to our ambition and
goals, we couldn’t find a better home to establish our pilot production
facility,” he added.
Uniti has been working with
MEPC at Silverstone Park to develop a vision for the pilot plant, with further
details to be announced soon. This is the first of several planned initiatives
for Uniti to establish itself in the United Kingdom, working towards a goal of
becoming a major player in the UK’s EV market over the next few years. To date,
the Swedish carmaker has already engaged a team of engineers at an R&D
centre in Northamptonshire while fostering partnerships with local companies
such as KW Special Projects (Light-Weight Structure and Additive
Manufacturing), Danecca (EV Powertrain), and Unipart (Global Supply Chain).
Concurrent to Uniti’s engineering activities in Silverstone, the company is
setting up an office in London to ensure capital is raised for UK operations on
a timescale meaningful to their plans.
“The future of Great Britain
is electric and autonomous,” says Sally Povolotsky, Uniti's Vehicle Development
Director. “Through my work with Silverstone Technology Cluster ACES, I can
attest this is an exciting time for the UK automotive industry, and one of
rapid growth and innovation. Once the Uniti pilot plant facility is fully
operational, we can take this blueprint global,“ said Povolotsky.
Uniti plans to unveil its
production models in late 2019 and deliver vehicles to pre-order customers
throughout northern Europe shortly thereafter. As the UK represents a key
market, the Swedish carmaker has recently announced a limited equity
crowdfunding campaign through UK-based Crowdcube to give British investors an
opportunity to own shares in the company.
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