Gordon Murray Design Unveils ‘MOTIV’ Autonomous Pod
Gordon Murray Design (GMD) has revealed ‘MOTIV’, an autonomous quadricycle that is claimed to meet the crash safety standards of a regular passenger-car.
The fully-electric single-seater ‘pod’, which measures 1,628 mm high, 2,537 mm long, and 1,310 mm wide, is powered by a 20 kW electric motor, and is equipped with a 17.3 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack providing a range of up to 62 miles. The battery can recharged from 20% to 80% in 40 minutes.
Performance-wise, top speed is listed at 40 mph, while 0-39 mph is claimed to take just five seconds.
Minus the battery, the MOTIV achieves a weight of “below 450 kg”, which meets current European legislation for quadricycles, and to further increase practicality, the microcar can be adapted to seat multiple occupants – for wheelchair use or even for commercial deliveries.
For the purpose of the latter, the vehicle can be altered to enable a maximum load capacity of “more than 1,100 litres”.
“MOTIV has the potential to transform future mobility. The best way to make any vehicle commercially viable and cost-effective, while delivering first-class efficiency, is to make it as light as it can be while retaining the highest levels of safety. With MOTIV we have used our iStream technologies to create an ultra-lightweight body structure that delivers a vehicle that is compact, refined, safe and versatile, while remaining capable of significant range,” says Gordon Murray.
GMD plans to unveil the concept car at the MOVE 2020 show, which gets underway tomorrow at ExCeL in London.