Gordon Murray Design of Menlo
Park, CA revealed its T.25 City Car at Oxford University this summer, saying it
was designed to significantly reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption,
both with the vehicle itself and in its manufacturing process. The T.25 car
program is intended to support a variety of power trains and fuels.
It was created under a
carbon-reduced manufacturing process called iSteam. "The iSteam process is a
complete re-think on high-volume materials, as well as the manufacturing
process and offers a significant reduction of carbon emissions," says Gordon
Murray, CEO of Gordon Murray Design. "The simplified assembly process means
that an assembly plant can be designed to be 20 percent of the size of a
conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly
plant by approximately 80 percent."
Hello, I noticed the size of the wheels and subsequent undercarriage. Is that design controlled more for aerodynamics and fuel economy or are there considerations for speed bumps and other road hazards? This world-leading 6meter turning circle with enhance urban maneuvering and parking sounds cutting edge but what about lifetime for the tires? The iStem process, is this whole robotic assembly situation that includes manufacturing the complete automobile, or are there suppliers that give you completed systems that you just install? Thank you for any answers you can give. I can't wait to see this car on the road in my hometown.
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