ToPCat: New Swedish EV

By on February 9, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

Swedish car company Uniti is partnering with KW Special Projects (KWSP) on its new low-cost electric vehicle (EV), Uniti One.

KWSP’s unique carbon-composite vehicle platform will be part of the new vehicle, named ToPCat. The platform offers lightweighting, thermal management and structural advantages. The carbon-composite chassis vehicle platform will cost a fraction of other methods. It can be used instead of conventional carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) thermosets. CFRP is expensive to process, labor intensive and not easily recyclable. ToPCat, on the other hand, is fully recyclable and shortens engineering cycle times by 83 percent.

ToPCat has a modular construction with a repeatable manufacturing process. Thermoplastic materials and cutting-edge manufacturing processes reduce vehicle mass. The Uniti One will be produced at the U.K.’s first fully digitized electric-vehicle production site at Silverstone Park, Northamptonshire.

Kieron Salter, KWSP’s managing director, said, “Uniti One is a really exciting project, which will demonstrate the lightweight and structural advantages of ToPCat when compared with alternative methods of chassis design and manufacture.”