Gordon Murray's latest project, the T.27 electric minicar, is reportedly nearing production. The crash-tested T.27, a battery-powered version of Murray's lightweight, three-seat T.25 city car, could enter the production cycle by late 2011.
Since the launch is drawing near, Gordon Murray figured it was time to reveal specs for the T.27. So here we go: the 7.9-foot long T.27 features a 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the seats and a 25-kilowatt (33.5 horsepower) electric motor that spins the rear wheels. The T.27's motor, single-speed transmission and electronics are packaged into a single unit. Murray says that the electric minicar has a range of up to 100 miles and that its top speed of 65 miles per hour is more than enough for the vehicle's intended purpose. At a svelte 1,499 pounds, the T.27 is most certainly a lightweight, but its sub-15 second time from 0 to 60 miles per hour still puts it on the slow side.
Gordon Murray Design is reportedly in talks with at least three manufacturers for the T.27 and aims to have the electric minicar in showrooms by early 2012. Now that you know more of what it's all about, are you interested?