World's most efficient electric car could be under £10,000 and produced by 2013.
These are the first official pictures of the world’s most efficient electric car. It’s called the Gordon Murray Design T27 – and it’s based on the petrol powered T25.
The ultra-compact model weighs 680kgs and – at 2.5 metres long – it’s shorter than a Smart Fortwo. Despite that, there’s room for three adults and with the rear seats folded there’s up to 720 litres of boot space.
Power comes from a 33bhp electric motor that’s good for a 0-62mph time of under 15 seconds. The low kerbweight allows for a small battery to be used which can be charged to full in around five hours. The range stands at 100 miles.
Gordon Murray Design is hoping to have the T27 in production by around 2013 and is currently in talks with three companies who can make the investment – one is based in the UK.
The investing company won’t just be backing the T27 but they’ll also be backing Murray’s revolutionary iStream production process which allows for smaller, greener and cheaper factories. Bosses told us the manufacturing process could be easily adapted to produce “anything from from dour-door saloons to buses”.
The firm’s aim is not to produce a range of models but to sell their production process and technology to manufacturer’s who can then create their own electric models.
The company has set a target price of £13,000 for the T27, but that doesn’t include the £5,000 government grant that electric cars can benefit from. The battery is also included in the price so buyers will not have to lease it on a monthly basis likeRenault’s electric offerings.
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