Electric T27 Confirmed for Production As Gordon Murray Sells Design Idea to Unnamed Manufacturer

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 6

T27 is Unique...That's For Sure

T27 is Unique…That’s For Sure

Gordon Murray confirmed this, via his official blog:

Tiny, Nimble and Ultra Efficient...That's the T27

Tiny, Nimble and Ultra Efficient…That’s the T27

“The T25 and T27 concept has now been sold to a customer and with a following wind a lot more drivers should be able to enjoy the centre drive experience in 2016.”

We’ll rightfully ignore the T25, as it’s a gas-burner.  The T27 is a pure electric though, so that’s in our territory.

Rather Tall Given Its Width...Don't You Think?

Rather Tall Given Its Width…Don’t You Think?

With an unnamed buyer now headed up the final development and production, we expect to see the T27 actually make it out onto public roads driven by the public.  The concept-only T27 will be a part of the past as production appears to be imminent.

The T27 features 1+2 seating, with the driver positioned front and center.  The tiny city car tips the scales at only 680 kg (1,499 pounds).

The T27 is unique in that it actually has crash structures, ABS and traction control—all of which are unexpected in a vehicle of this size.  The T27 is claimed to be exceptionally strong with its tubular steel and composite floor adding to its overall strength.

Additionally, its all-around independent suspension is a rare plus in this class, as is its rear folding seat.
We’re not yet sure when the T27 will become available and it still seems unlikely that it’ll ever be sold in the US, but as a competitor to the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive or Renault Twizy, it’s the T27 that gets our vote.
T27 Spec Sheet

T27 Spec Sheet

Source: Autocar

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6 responses to "Electric T27 Confirmed for Production As Gordon Murray Sells Design Idea to Unnamed Manufacturer"

  1. kdawg says:

    “With an unnamed buyer now headed up the final development and production,”.

    I”ll guess a Chinese company.

  2. kdawg says:

    And with those spec’s it better cost the same as a Twizzy.

  3. Rick Danger says:

    0-62 in “under 15 secs.”
    I hope it’s considerably under 15 secs. Even the Smart ED can do 0-60 in 11.5 secs and nobody would call that quick. Where are they going to find buyers with no pulse to drive these? I hope that 0-35 MPH times are somewhat more spirited, and then it falls off on the way to 60. That would at least make it useable as a city runabout.

    I have to say though, that I like the looks of this better than the i3. Or the iMIEV.

    With Murray’s istream manufacturing method, this should be an affordable, sustainable vehicle for future in-city transportation. If it can get out of it’s own way on the street.

    I would like to think that this T27 would be able to be sold here. If not, the US needs a new classification of small cars.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      It’s lightweight, so acceleration may depend heavily on the tubs of lard riding in it.

    2. Just_chris says:

      “Where are they going to find buyers with no pulse to drive these?”

      Old people with a good deal of money who drive short distances and can’t handle strong acceleration or breaking. Only a few million of those kicking about in Europe and the US. The key to that segment will be the comfort of the chair, size of the dash instruments, lack of gear stick, quality of the ride, the weight of the charging cable and if the door can be opened and closed with a button. Other things that could help it sell would be a headed windscreen/seat.

      It won’t be aimed at that market though, I expect an expensive twizy or maybe a cheap twizy for China. What ever happens choice is good so bring it on.

  4. David Stone says:

    Wider and alot less ugly would be nice.

    As a driver and a cyclist, I love the lack of doors which open out into traffic.