It seems Gordon Murray’s latest project T.27 electric minicar is gearing up for production. T.27, the battery-powered version of Murray’s lightweight, three-seat T.25 city car is all set to enter the production cycle by late 2011. As part of this, Gordon Murray has revealed specs for the T.27. Let’s check.
The 7.9-foot long T.27 features a 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the seats. A 25-kilowatt (33.5 horsepower) electric motor spins the rear wheels. The T.27’s motor, single-speed transmission and electronics are packaged into a single unit. It claims a range of up to 100 miles and a top speed of 65 miles per hour. Quite enough for the vehicle’s intended purpose. Expected to cost approximately 1,499 pounds, the T.27 is definitely a lightweight green car. However, its sub-15 second time from o to 60 miles per hour is still a concern.
Besides, Gordon Murray is reportedly in talks with at least three manufacturers for the T.27 and aims to have the electric minicar in showrooms by early 2012.
It was in July 2007 that the Gordon Murray Design consultancy was established, and released initial details regarding its upcoming T.25 (Type 25) prototype city car along with mention of a future lightweight, economical supercar project. In November 2009 Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive announced plans to develop an electric-powered version, the T.27.
(via Green Car Reports)