After much anticipation, UK-based >Gordon Murray Design has finally unveiled the full, complete versions of its two microcars, the T.25 and the T.27. The three-seater combustion-engined T.25 got its first public exposure last week at Smith School’s World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, in Oxford. Details of the T.27, essentially an all-electric version of the T.25, have recently been published on the company's website. Besides looking dead sexy, the little auto has been promoted as “the world’s most efficient electric car.”
The T.27 has a 25kW Zytek motor, powered by a 12kWh lithium-ion battery. It has a top speed of 105kph (65mph), will be able to reach 100kph in under 15 seconds, and has a range of 130 to 160 km (80 to 100 miles) per charge. Its emissions, based on a UK energy mix, are 48g/km CO2 for combined city and highway driving, and 28g/km for city alone - needless to say, the car itself has zero emissions. It is estimated that over the lifetime of the car, it will be responsible for 42 percent less CO2 than the average UK car.
What makes iStream so efficient? For one thing, there’s the simple fact that small cars only require a small factory. Beyond that, though, there are some key differences from regular auto assembly plants:
Both cars will be smaller than a Smart Fortwo, yet offer more interior space. They will also offer six interior layout options, making the most of their diminutive dimensions.
In 2008, the T.25 had an estimated price tag of GBP5000. Murray’s T.25/27 project is slated for completion next April, so hopefully there will be more details on pricing and availability for both cars then.
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