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Gordon Murray Design T.27 Electric Car - Web Exclusive

Gordon Murray Design has finally unveiled its ultra-compact city vehicle, the T.27, proclaiming it the world’s most efficient electric car.

Jun 30, 2011

The design and development program was made possible through a mutli-million dollar investment from the British government-backed Technology Strategy Board. From a clean sheet to a running prototype, the program has taken just 17 months including the design and build of a completely new electric powertrain by Zytek Automotive.

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The T.27 targets the urban environment with the so-called iStream manufacturing process developed by Consortium lead partner Gordon Murray Design. It aims to significantly reduce lifecycle impacts and enable low cost, efficient manufacture within the UK.

The electric car is said to set new standards in weight, footprint, dynamics, safety, packaging and efficiency while addressing full lifecycle CO2 emissions, congestion, parking and overall cost.

the patented iStream manufacturing technology has produced a safe yet lightweight structure. The iFrame geometry in the T.27 has allowed every aspect of the vehicle to be optimized, including Zytek’s integrated powertrain, another world first.

At the unveiling, Professor Gordon Murray said: “Lightweight is the most powerful tool we have in our armory in the fight against emissions and fuel consumption. This is true of all cars, and especially so with electric vehicles! “A lightweight car means a lightweight battery increasing the levels of safety and reducing the retail price dramatically.”

Gordon Murray Design recently achieved first class results in a second crash test on the vehicle - the EuroNCAP 50kph mobile deformable barrier (MDB) protocol, confirming the structural integrity during a side impact. The real world performance of T.27 closely mirrored the comuter simulation, revealing virtually no cabin intrusion during the dynamic phase of testing.

T.27 Specification

eMotor25kW
Battery TypeLi-Ion
Battery Spec12kWh
Length8.2ft
Height5.2ft
Weight1499 lb (w/ battery)
Wheel Base5.8ft
Turning Circle19.6ft

Performance Targets
Top Speed65mph
0-62mphless than 15 seconds
Range100 miles on NEDC, 130 miles on ECE15

In comparison to other electric cars, the T.27 has much lower energy consumption per mile. The Smart EV, for example, uses 29% more energy per km, the Mitsubishi iMiEV uses 36% more and the Mini-E uses 86% more energy, making the T.27 the most efficient electric car by some margin.

Gordon Murray Design is currently talking to three possible manufacturers for T.27. The car will make its public road debut at the RAC Future Car Challenge on 5th November 2011.

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