Multiple versions of the MOTIV could be produced, with both electric and gas power. The electric version will have a 33-hp motor built by Zytec, which provides a gargantuan 660 lb-ft of torque. For the electric version, expect an 8.8-kWh battery pack with a recharge time of three hours on a standard socket. The gasoline unit gets a Yamaha 1.0-liter three-cylinder. That motor could have as much as 80 hp in a car that weighs less than two tons.
The shell is made from impact-resistant fabric and features both motorcycle and F1 cues. It was built using Murray’s iStream system, which incorporates F1-style composites in sheets and a tubular, reinforced frame. Gordon Murray Design says that the new technology not only delivers new levels of weight saving and safety, but it also has a low environmental impact.
The MOTIV is both narrower and lower than the similarly sized Smart, but it’s nearly identical in length.