Gordon Murray has revealed drivetrain specifications and performance targets for its upcoming ultra-light T27 electric city car.
The electric T27 is being developed as a partnership between Murray’s design company and Zytek Automotive, who are designing an all-new electric engine and gearbox.
The electric T27 is an ultra-compact MPV with six different interior configurations, which closely resembles Murray’s T25 gasoline-powered city car.
Peak power output will be 25kW, extracted from a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack driving the rear wheels via a single-ratio transmission, enough for a range of between 80 and 100 miles, a top speed around 66 mph, and a 0-62 mph acceleration time in less than 15 seconds.
Projected emissions, using a UK energy mix, are 48g/km CO2 for the combined cycle and 28g/km CO2 for the urban cycle alone, with zero emissions at the point of use. Full lifecycle CO2 damage will be 42% less than the average UK car.
The T27 electric city car has been made possible through a £4.5m investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board. With a total cost of £9m, the new research and development project will allow the consortium to develop a roadworthy prototype of the T27 by April 2011.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]