30th June 2011

Gordon Murray Unveils T.27 Electric Car, Updates Specs

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Just the Facts:

  • The British-built three-seater makes its first public appearance at the Royal Automobile Club, as its designer shops for a manufacturing partner.
  • Gordon Murray Design has released updated technical specifications on the T.27.
  • The electric car’s public road debut is slated for November 5 at the RAC Future Car Challenge.


LONDON — Gordon Murray Design and its development partner Zytek Automotive have released additional technical specifications on the T.27 City Car as the tiny three-seater made its first public appearance at the Royal Automobile Club here.

South African-born Murray, the acclaimed designer of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and F1 racecars for Brabham and McLaren, conceived the T.27 as a pure electric companion to his earlier T.25.

With financial backing from the British government’s Technology Strategy Board, Murray continues to shop for manufacturing partners for the T.27, which is about the size of a Smart Fortwo and features a 1+2 seating layout.

Aimed primarily at urban dwellers, the T.27 features a 25kW Zytek electric motor and a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. With motor and battery, the car weighs only 1,500 pounds.

The T.27 is designed for a top speed of 65 mph, with 0-60 acceleration in less than 15 seconds. Targeted range between charges is 100-130 miles.

Inside Line says: The electric car’s public road debut is slated for November 5 at the RAC Future Car Challenge.

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