Nov 9 2011
It is being touted as the most efficient electric car in the entire world, and the T.27 electric city car from Gordon Murray Design certainly seems to have the credentials to back that claim up, topping the awards at the RAC Future Car Challenge over the weekend.
The T.27 was able to travel 57.13 miles from Brighton all the way to London using under 64 pence worth of energy, which is the equivalent of a fuel economy rating of 350 miles per gallon with CO2 emissions of just 37g per kilometre. The lightweight T.27 was competing against as many as 65 other entries from some of the biggest car manufacturers in the world, but still managed to win awards such as "Most Energy Efficient Small Car (Prototype)", "Best Overall Entry - RAC Future Car Challenge Winner" and "Best Overall Pure Electric Vehicle".
Gordon Murray called the victory for the T.27 a "huge step forward" in the battle to cut down on automotive energy emissions. "This year's success, in combination with last year's win with our petrol powered T.25, proves absolutely that lightweight is our most powerful tool for solving our energy problems."
The T.27 is just the latest car to use the iStream manufacturing process from Gordon Murray Design, which is intended to help to promote efficient, low cost manufacturing in the United Kingdom. The T.27 is fitted with all the latest green technology, and Gordon Murray Design is currently in discussions with three potential manufacturers for the car, although when it will be mass produced and available for car leasing schemes remains to be seen.
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