If you thought the Smart Car was small, take a look at this ultra-compact city car designed by Gordon Murray Design.
The autonomous, electric drive was presented in London as a solution to congested cities with air pollution concerns.
According to InceptiveMind, the single-seater pod uses Murray’s patented “iStream Superlight” technology. iSteam combines lightweight Formula One technology, low-carbon propulsion, excellent safety standards and unprecedented manufacturing flexibility.
The new platform MOTIV breaks the mould for future mobility development by creating a cost-effective, ultra-lightweight quadricycle vehicle platform that is designed to meet full passenger-car crash safety requirements. Watch the MOTIV video at https://t.co/Uvrp5xu75S. pic.twitter.com/spudVHFqYT
— Gordon Murray Design (@PlanetGMD) February 11, 2020
The little car is only 2.54 meters long, with a width of 1.31 meters, and a height of 1.63 meters. The interior, which is accessed through a swing door, includes a 24-inch display and small control panel.
The car is powered by a 20 kW electric motor combined with a 17.3 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack providing a potential range of up to 100km. Its battery can charge from 20% to 80% is just 40 minutes.
It’s a zippy little thing, with the ability to accelerate from zero to 62 km/h in 7.5 seconds. It is also equipped with radar systems to help navigate through city traffic.
Its designers are hoping to get buy-in to get the pod on the road to help clear up city congestion.
Image: Gordon Murray