Bird Group has joined hands with Sweden based electric carmaker, Uniti, to launch an electric city car in India by 2020. While the EV is yet in nascent stage, it is expected to be priced upwards of Rs 7.14 lakh, which approximately equates to €9,000. Both the companies held a press conference on February 8th at the Auto Expo 2018 and the enthusiasts can witness the Uniti One Up, which has been displayed at the Delhi Auto Expo.
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“Our vehicles are optimal for the Indian market and well aligned with the nation'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,” said Lewis Horne, CEO of Uniti.
For the Indian market, Uniti is considering the 5-seat version of its EV, with a single-charge range of around 200km. The enthusiasts at Auto Epxo can get a virtual demonstration of the 5-seater. Currently, the 2-seat, European model has been displayed at the Expo, which was first previewed in Landkrona, Sweden in December 2017. Interested customers can pre-book the EV for Rs 1000, which will be refunded in case of cancellation. Further details and purchase options are available online at www.uniti.earth.
"With our immense experience in various businesses, including automotive, and our footprint in almost every geographical part of our country, we hope our initiative will bring the best of affordable, yet very high-tech cars into every household and change the way people drive. We are also glad that our diversification into the manufacturing of EVs will contribute to the drive against pollution, which is now affecting almost every major metro in our country,” said Dr. Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director at Bird Group.
"This initiative will not only create huge opportunities and numerous jobs in our factories and dealership network, it will also help boost the Indian economy through large-scale exports manufactured by our JV Company into the markets of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa," added Bhatia.