Gordon Murray Design leads UK consortium to launch autonomous mobility vehicle

This is the MOTIV, an autonomous vehicle platform developed by the famed Gordon Murray Design outfit; electrification, hybridisation, and vehicle dynamics specialist Delta Motorsport; and advanced mobility and innovation specialist, itMoves.

The new platform is an ultra-lightweight quadricycle vehicle platform designed to meet full passenger-car crash safety requirements and the fully electric unit is targeted to offer significant cost savings and improved refinement while delivering the range capabilities, platform flexibility and plug-and-play versatility required by autonomous customers with personal mobility or commercial delivery requirements.

Designed with autonomy in mind, MOTIV is a single-seater ‘pod’, providing either personal transportation or last-mile deliveries. MOTIV can, the companies say, be adapted in the future to seat multiple occupants, for wheelchair use, or for commercial deliveries. In its goods transportation form, the platform can be altered to enable maximum load capacity, creating a volume of more than 1,100 litres.

MOTIV provides the opportunity for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) providers to use a product that is ready for immediate adaptation to driverless use with any form of autonomous technology and, the companies say, it is the first of its kind to offer this degree of integration simplicity. To support its transition to autonomous road use, the consortium aims to partner with autonomous technology providers for multiple pilot studies.

MOTIV is powered by a 20kW electric motor and will be equipped with a 17.3kWh liquid-cooled battery pack providing a potential range of up to 100km. It will operate at speeds of up to 65Km/h. It is equipped with CCS charging capability and can recharge from 20 per cent to 80 per cent battery in 40 minutes.

Built using Gordon Murray Design’s iStream Superlight technology, the MOTIV is constructed with ultra-lightweight high strength extruded aluminium in the chassis (iFrame), composite panels and door (iPanel), plus aluminium suspension (iLink) to ensure weight is kept to a minimum. That weight is kept below 450kg (excluding batteries), which reduces the amount of raw materials used in the manufacture of the platform and also means it reduces the size of battery required without impacting vehicle range.

“MOTIV has the potential to transform future mobility,” said Professor Gordon Murray, Chairman of Gordon Murray Group. “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.”

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (March 2020)

12 March 2020

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