F1 designer Gordon Murray will present his company’s latest attempt at electric cars at this week’s Move 2020 event in London, according tomedia. At the time, an automatic mini-car called Motive will be unveiled, and Murray hopes it will soon be tested in the real world.
Murray, who was the technical director of Brabham and McLaren, later worked for McLaren, and decided to set up his own company in 2005. In fact, over the past few years, you’ve seen a lot of interesting projects from Gordon Murray Design (GMD), including Yamaha Motiv.e, Project M City Cars, which partnered with Shell, and the big T.50 super-run.
Now, GMD has partnered with Delta Motorsport to launch an all-electric, self-driving, one-seater four-wheeler that will be available for personal travel, parking and commercial delivery.
Motic features only a gull-wing door, which provides some weather protection while providing easy access for passengers
“Motiv has the potential to change the way traffic is going to happen in the future, ” says Prof Murray. The best way to make any car commercially viable and cost-effective while achieving best-in-class efficiency is to make it as light as possible while maintaining the highest level of safety. With Motiv, we’ve built an ultra-lightweight body structure using iStream technology that helps deliver a compact, refined, safe, versatile car that can travel long distances.
It is understood that the car can only carry one passenger on the streets of the town. GMD cites even a recent survey by Transport for London, which shows that as many as 60 per cent of cars and vans in London have only one passenger, an estimated 80 per cent in the rest of the UK. Motiv is designed for those who travel alone.
It is reported that this self-driving, zero-emission vehicle with a set of 13-inch tires, a 20kW electric engine and 17.3 kWh of liquid-cooled battery pack, under the WLTP standard range of 100 km, its Combined Charging System can charge 80% in 40 minutes.
In addition, the rear drive single-driver mini-car will be able to accelerate from standstill to 62km/h in 7.5 seconds, then gradually accelerate to a top speed of 65km/h.
Because it’s a compact car, its rule data is only 1628x2538x1310mm, and the bare car weighs less than 450kg (excluding batteries).
As for the interior, there is a 4-inch display, an integrated air conditioning system and space for a laptop. The layout can also be adapted to different use scenarios – including wheelchair passengers, parcel delivery, etc.
Motiv’s steering, driving and braking systems, including anti-lock braking systems, are known to be controlled by Delta’s line control system.
Starting tomorrow, Motiv will be on display at the Two-Day Move 2020 “Mobility Re-imagined” exhibition.