[ExI] World's smallest production car gets a new lease on life

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 08:30:32 UTC 2012

The quest for more fuel-efficient vehicles has seen a shift from the
gas-guzzling behemoths of yesteryear to smaller and smaller cars, such
as the Volkswagen up! and Toyota iQ. The smallest currently in
production is the Tata Nano that measures just 122 inches (309.9 cm)
long and 58.9 inches (223 cm) wide. But for the world’s smallest ever
production car you’d have to look back to the early 1960’s and the
Peel P50, which measured just 54 inches (137 cm) long and 41 inches
(104.1 cm) wide, and weighed 130 lb (59 kg). Now replicas of the P50
-and its bigger brother, the Peel Trident - are getting a limited
production run and will be offered with a choice of gasoline or
electric powerplants.


The company is offering both gasoline and electric models, with the
former powered by a 49 cc four stroke CVT engine generating 2.5 kW and
4.2 Nm of torque and boasting fuel economy figures of 118 mpg (50
km/liter). The electric model is powered by a DC brushless CVT
electric motor also generating 2.5 kW, but with 14.4 Nm of torque and
the removable battery pack providing a range of 20 miles (30 km). Both
models have a limited top speed of 40 mph (65 km/h).

This should press spike's micro-cars button!    ;)


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