UK electric car gets development funding - Embedded.com

UK electric car gets development funding

LONDON — A project to develop a all-electric urban car manufactured using a sustainable production process has received funding of £9million (about $15 million).

The development of the T.27 has been made possible through a £4.5million investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board. The research and development project will develop four prototypes of the vehicle by February 2011.

The UK's Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson, who will test drive the T.25 – the existing petrol version of the car – today (Nov 5)

Lord Drayson said “the UK must demonstrate its readiness to exploit the emerging low-carbon vehicles market. The challenge is far greater than simply meeting stricter EU emissions targets. We need to expand our car industry through green innovation.”

The T.27 will be designed in a way that minimizes the use of materials and keeps the embedded carbon of the vehicle as low as possible. It will use the iStream production process which is highly efficient, and flexible to minimize the cost of production.

“The iStream manufacturing process behind the T.25 and T.27 is all about sustainable, low energy process by design,” said Gordon Murray, Chief Executive and Technical Director of Gordon Murray Design. “The T.27 programme is a great opportunity for us and our partners to create what will be the world’s most efficient electric vehicle. An opportunity to start from a clean sheet of paper combined with our disruptive manufacturing technology will result in a product which truly pushes the boundaries of urban vehicle design and further protecting our mobility.”

The aim of the 16 month project is to develop prototypes that will put the consortium in the position where they can further explore the possibility of scaling up and building a manufacturing facility, with the ultimate goal of making this affordable, fun and environmentally friendly car widely available on the open market.

The development of the T.27 is being carried out by Gordon Murray Design (Shalford, UK) and Zytek Automotive Technology (Lichfield, UK).

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