London-based prototype development company Gordon Murray Design – most famous for creating the super-speed McLaren F1 - has unveiled what it claims is the most efficient electric vehicle (EV) in the world, a compact model called the T.27. This news follows on the heels of the company’s unveiling last year of a similar vehicle, the T.25.
From design to manufacturing, the process of creating the T.27 took just under a year and a half. The project cost $14.4 million, the comapny said, with half of the funding coming from the U.K. government-back Technology Strategy Board.
With a powertrain developed by Zytek Automotive, the T.27 is equipped with a 25 kilowatt motor, and powered by a 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery system, giving the car a top speed of 65 miles per hour, and range of roughly 100 miles. The car can be charged from a standard outlet, and takes around four hours to reach full capacity.
As you can see in the photo below, the small car (only 8 feet long and 4 feet wide) opens differently than most vehicles, but the manufacturer says the unique design helps the three-seat interior cabin remain intact during crashes.
Gordon Murray Design also claims that the T.27 beats out any electric cars on the road today in energy efficiency. The company said the Mini-E uses 86 percent more energy per kilometer, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV uses 36 percent more, and the Smart EV uses 29 percent more compared to the T.27, which is set to make a public debut in November.