MOTIV: Gordon Murray Design reveals all-electric, autonomous vehicle platform  

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An all-electric autonomous mobility pod called MOTIV, which has been created by a consortium led by Gordon Murray Design was unveiled at Move 2020 in London, where the future of mobility was on show.

MOTIV is the first prototype of a new autonomous vehicle platform from a collaboration between Gordon Murray Design, Delta Motorsport and itMoves. The single-seater pod was designed with autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and last-mile use in mind, employing a very small footprint and adaptable layout. The pod measures just 1,628mm high, 2,537mm in length, with a width of 1,310mm.

MOTIV can be adapted in the future to seat multiple occupants; for wheelchair use; or even 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 liters.

Its flexible platform takes advantage of both Gordon Murray Design’s vast experience in lightweighting and also Delta Motorsport’s engineering for its electric powertrain. 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 40mph (65kph), making it ideal for operating in urban and suburban locations. It is equipped with CCS charging capability and can recharge from 20% to 80% battery in just 40 minutes

The battery is based on a modular technology that allows a flexible and scalable approach of building batteries at a range of voltages and capacities.

Mike Brown, advanced product and business strategy director at Gordon Murray Design, and Nick Carpenter, engineering director at Delta Motorsport, talk us through the vehicle.

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