I want this car in the US soon...!
The latest offering from Gordon Murray Design is not a fire-breathing supercar, but a green-themed urban people mover in two versions — one with a 3-cylinder gas engine and the other electric with a lithium-ion battery pack. The design offers seating for three, with the passengers behind the centrally located driver, and is smaller than the Smart.
In electric form (T.27), a 25-kilowatt electric motor and 12-kilowatt-hour battery pack replace the gas engine. The range target is 80 to 100 miles. The T.27 “closely follows” the T.25’s layout and geometry, but is not identical. The company received a $6.7 million investment from Britain’s Technology Strategy Board to build the E.V. version, which will be drivable next year, said Mr. Murray.
The low-carbon claims are the result of a lightweight design derived from what Mr. Murray calls “new manufacturing techniques.” According to The Telegraph, the T.25 taps into a process called iStream, in development for 15 years, which “drastically simplifies the process of manufacturing cars, allowing the plants to be 20 percent smaller than existing car factories” and significantly lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Mr. Murray said his unconventional manufacturing process will result in “the lowest full life-cycle carbon footprint of any vehicle ever made.”