Having the title of the most efficient electric vehicle in the world is a mean feat indeed. But Gordon Murray, the designer of the McLaren F1, claims the recognition for his T.27 electric city car, an MPV. This vehicle is co-developed by his UK design company and Zytek Automotive, which provides an innovative electric drive for the car.
Consumers can choose from as many as six different interior layouts for this vehicle. About 16 months ago, this project began with the support of the British Government's Technology Strategy Board, funding 50% of its total cost.
The first fully functional prototype is expected to be unveiled in April 2011. The EV is equipped with a 25 KW (34 hp) electric motor and a 12 kWh Li-ion battery.
Measuring 2.5m in length, 1.3, in width and 1.6m in height, the car offers a 1.78m wheelbase.
The car weighs 680 kg (including the battery) and can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in less than 15 seconds, with the top speed point being recorded at 3 mph (5 km/h) later. The vehicle offers a driving range between 80 and 100 miles per charge.
While the car will have zero emissions at the point of use, its complete emissions (which include the ones generated by the power stations) are recorded to be only 48g of CO2/ km for the urban cycle, and 28 grams of CO2, for the combined driving cycle.
Murray added that the T.27's full lifecycle CO2 emissions will be 42% lower than that of the average UK car.