Gordon Murray Design has today unveiled the T.27, the company’s latest ultra-compact city vehicle that is claimed to be the world’s most efficient electric car.
The T.27 was made possible through a £9m project that received a £4.5m investment from the Technology Strategy Board.
The programme has taken 17 months, including the design and build of a completely new electric powertrain by Zytek Automotive, one of the consortium partners.
Gordon Murray Design’s so-called iStream manufacturing technology is claimed to have produced new levels of lightweight structure and safety in city cars. The iFrame geometry in the T.27 has allowed every aspect of the vehicle to be optimised, including Zytek Automotive’s integrated powertrain.
In comparison with other electric cars, the T.27 is claimed to have much lower energy consumption per mile: the Smart EV uses 29 per cent more energy per kilometre; the Mitsubishi iMiEV uses 36 per cent more energy per kilometre; and the Mini-E uses 86 per cent more energy per kilometre.