Gordon Murray's electric city car will be the world’s most efficient electric vehicle
28 May 2010

British automotive entrepreneur Gordon Murray has released a stunning set of performance targets for his forthcoming T27 electric city car which, if achieved, will make it the world’s most efficient electric vehicle.

The car, an ultra-compact MPV with six different interior configurations, closely resembles Murray’s T25 petrol-powered city car.

See the Murray T27 tech pics, plus exclusive T25 spy pics

The electric T27 version is being developed as a partnership between Murray’s Guildford-based design company and Northampton-based Zytek Automotive, who are designing an all-new electric engine and gearbox.

The project is financed to the tune of £4.5 million, around 50 per cent, by the government’s Technology Strategy Board.

Murray T27 nears production Murray and Zytek’s Bill Gibson say T27’s low kerb weight of 680 kilograms, which includes the weight of its 25kW (33 bhp) engine, its single-speed gearbox and a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack, should allow it a range of between 80 and 100 miles, a top speed around 66 mph, and a 0-62 mph acceleration time below 15 seconds.

Its CO2 footprint, which includes emissions from the power stations that provide its electric power at the outset, is just 48g/km on the combined cycle, and an astonishing 28 g/km on the city cycle alone (where emissions from petrol/diesel cars usually increase).

Murray claims the T27’s whole-of-life CO2 emissions will be 42 percent less than those of an average conventional car in the UK.

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The T27 programme, which has been running for 16 months, is on target to produce a fully driving prototype on April 2011.

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Murray and Zytek have already begun pushing to assemble partners and funding for full-scale manufacture in the UK, using the ultra-efficient iStream process which Murray has devised to eliminate the high tooling costs of conventional steel monocoque cars and greatly simplify the automotive manufacturing process. Murray intends that iStream — which can produce cars of many sizes and designs — should become a worldwide phenomenon, but says he would prefer the first application to be in the UK, to keep the technology at home and to create an estimated 6000 jobs.

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28 May 2010

There will only be public interest when the is an official on the road list price. Thats what will make or break it, it needs to be cheaper than a Tata Nano.


28 May 2010

[quote beachland2]Thats what will make or break it, it needs to be cheaper than a Tata Nano.[/quote] I don't think so. The Tata Nano will be significantly less well engineered than this. I reckon as long as it's within touching distance of the Aygo family and Smarts etc then this could do very, very well. I like it - wish them lucky.

28 May 2010

The number of times this thing keeps appearing in Autocar is getting tedious . Sorry should not have said Autocar but a branch of Gordon Murrays PR dept .

Yes its revolutionary and British yada yada yada but still cant see it selling as it is so ugly and impractical.

28 May 2010

"The project is financed to the tune of £4.5 million, around 50 per cent, by the government’s Technology Strategy Board."

Wonder if that will survive Mr Cable's axe

28 May 2010

[quote Old Toad]cant see it selling as it is so ugly and impractical.[/quote]

Nail, head, hit!

28 May 2010

[quote Autocar]British automotive entrepreneur Gordon Murray[/quote] I thought he was from the Antipodes, or South Africa (or somewhere in the Southern hemisphere)?

28 May 2010

[quote theonlydt]I don't think so. The Tata Nano will be significantly less well engineered than this. I reckon as long as it's within touching distance of the Aygo family and Smarts etc then this could do very, very well. I like it - wish them lucky.[/quote] Agreed. There's no way it needs to be priced anywhere as near as the Nano. It's direct competition will be the likes of the Smart FourTwo and the Toyota IQ/Aygo and needs to be priced accordingly. If they can price it at the Nano end, then good luck to them!

28 May 2010

Why not just put a coupling on the back and the front ?,then you'd have a road train!, what i'm saying is if you just want to get from A too B and don't care what it looks like then buy something like this, i don't know about you but i like a bit of theatre when i drive a car, a bit of aural excitement instead of going to work or where ever in the automotive version of happy pills!

Peter Cavellini.

28 May 2010

no way, its far closer to the nano than the smart or aygo those cars are a class higher up with much more refinement and ability.

an aygo has double the power of the murraymobile. the nano has the same power and top speed, similar weight carries 4 people. so it has to be special to be considering over a nano.

28 May 2010

[quote beachland2]There will only be public interest when the is an official on the road list price. Thats what will make or break it, it needs to be cheaper than a Tata Nano.[/quote]

Not realistic. Was the first generation of MP3 players cheaper than portable CD players? Obviously not, and yet they seem to have done all right.

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