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Gordon Murray Group forays into developing e-vans, SUVs for carmakers, startups

Gordon Murray Group's T50 supercar (Source: Gordon Murray Group)

Supercar manufacturer, Gordon Murray Group has announced that it plans a 300-million-pound ($420 million) expansion over the next five years, which comprises developing electric SUVs and delivery vehicles for carmakers as it shifts towards an all-electric supercar by 2030.

"Electric is what we've been missing and that's where the future is," founder and chairman Gordon Murray, the Formula One design great who oversaw one of the sport's most successful cars to date said.

The company will produce its first supercar, the T50, with a powerful V12 engine, in 2022.

The carmaker will manufacture 100 units next year, selling for around 2.4 million pounds each. They are already sold out.

The company will launch one more fossil-fuel supercar after the T50, trailed by a hybrid model around 2026 and then a fully electric supercar in 2029 or 2030.

Murray described the supercar as a "brand building" product at the upper end of his business "while at the customer-facing end we'll focus on light-weighting and electric cars".

The company does not just see itself as a carmaker but as an auto supplier. It has been working on designs for a lightweight SUV and a delivery van, which it targets to sell to traditional manufacturers or startups.

Over the next two and a half years the carmaker will develop a small test fleet of these vehicles to international standards.

"We're hoping to pick up a customer or two along the way," Murray said. "And it doesn't have to be a carmaker, it can be a post office or a company like Amazon." 

Author : Debi Dash
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