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A collaboration between Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive has just been boosted by a £4.5m investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board.
The proposed all-electric, three-seater vehicle aims to move away from traditional car design and is likely to feature composite materials, including the use of natural fibres.
Professor Gordon Murray, Chief Executive and Technical Director of Gordon Murray Design said of the announcement “As we head towards the new industrial revolution brought about by rising energy costs and concern over the effects of greenhouse gases, we at Gordon Murray Design feel proud to be working with the Technology Strategy Board in helping the UK play a leading role in tackling the issues we all face. More often than not the UK has been responsible for innovative concepts and technologies only to have the end benefits seen abroad. In this case, we’re all working together to keep the technology and the production in this country.”
The vehicle, known as the T.27 aims to be the world’s most efficient electric car and is based upon Gordon Murray’s petrol-based T.25 design.
“This is an exciting project on several levels,” says Zytek Automotive Sales and Marketing Director Steve Tremble. “As well as supporting the development of a new family of E-Drives, it will show what can be achieved when the vehicle design is optimised for zero emissions propulsion. It’s a terrific initiative and we are delighted that the Technology Strategy Board has agreed to back it.”
The 16 month project has several aims; to position the consortium positively to further explore the possibility of scaling up and building a manufacturing facility in the UK, with the ultimate goal of producing the T.27 in this country; keeping the new technology and IPR within the UK and making this affordable, fun and environmentally friendly car widely available on the open market.
The consortium aim to develop four prototypes of the T.27 by February 2011.
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