MENLO PARK, Calif. and SHALFORD, England, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Murray Design showed today for the first time its T.25 City Car at Oxford University as part of the Smith School's World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment validating a low-carbon approach to transportation. The T.25 represents a major breakthrough in city car design in the areas of weight, footprint, safety, usability and efficiency.
Gordon Murray Design's pioneering vehicle packaging and lightweight design offers solutions to multiple urban mobility problems, such as congestion and parking concerns, while at the same time its unique iStream® manufacturing process reduces full lifecycle CO2 damage and increases production efficiencies.
"Our transportation sector is hugely dependent on fossil fuels and we need to de-fossilise our economy as quickly as possible," said Sir David King, Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. "The T.25 and iStream® manufacturing processes are clear examples of what's possible in low-carbon transportation."
The T.25 car program can support a variety of power trains and fuels. First markets are likely to be in Europe and Asia.
"The iStream® process used to produce the T.25 is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and offers a significant reduction in CO2 emissions over the lifecycle of the vehicles produced using it, compared with conventional ones," said CEO Gordon Murray. "The simplified assembly process means that an assembly plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%."
Jonathan Feiber, a board member and general partner with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures, added, "The iStream® process allows licensing partners to set new standards in low-carbon automotive manufacturing environmental impact, cost and efficiency."
About Gordon Murray Design
Gordon Murray Design was established in 2007 to develop an innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology trademarked iStream®. The design and prototyping of the T.25 city car was central to both the development and validation of iStream®. For more information, visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com
About Mohr Davidow Ventures
Mohr Davidow Ventures is a leading Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs building start-up companies capable of re-segmenting large existing markets or building altogether new ones. The firm invests in the areas of Cleantech, Information Technology and Life Sciences. Since its inception in 1983 the firm has built a reputation among entrepreneurs as a partner by taking a hands-on approach to investments and working skillfully to architect and build successful companies. The firm has $2 billion under management. For more information, visit www.mdv.com.
iStream® advantages include:
- Low capital investment / fast return on investment.
- Low energy manufacturing.
- Ultra safe structure.
- Flexible product design.
- Long life chassis.
- Low cost variants.
- Recycled materials.
- Reduced distribution costs and damage.
- Low cost accident repair.
- Flexible body in white tooling.
- Small footprint production plant.
- De-centralised manufacturing and assembly opportunities.
- Quiet and clean plants.
- No paint plant at BIW assembly plant.
- Rapid vehicle assembly.
- Low capital investment in tooling.
T.25: A New Class of Vehicle
SOURCE Gordon Murray Design