An Electric Morgan 3 Wheeler is Coming, and It Gets 150 Miles of Range
The Morgan Motor Company may pride itself on heritage and a steadfast refusal to change its car-building recipe, but the winds of change are blowing, and at Morgan things are looking pretty green. In a recent announcement, Morgan revealed it was part of a £6 million ($8.6 million) project, funded by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Center, to develop new hybrid and electric vehicle powertrains. The resulting technology would progressively find its way into Morgan vehicles by 2019, and by the end of the decade all Morgans will feature a hybrid option. However, according to the UK’s Autocar, one electric vehicle will arrive much sooner than that, and it’s the 2016 “EV3” Morgan 3 Wheeler, ready in time for next month’s Geneva Motor Show. RELATED: Check Out the 2016 Morgan Aero 8 Convertible
The electrified 3 Wheeler—the brand’s first production EV of its 107 year history—was originally showcased as a concept at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it featured a sole 60 hp electric motor mounted in its rear. Fast forward to now, and the 3 Wheeler’s power output is said to have increased to 75 hp and 96 lb.-ft. of torque. Better still, the magazine says the Morgan EV3 will do zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, hit a top speed of 100 mph, and achieve up to 150 miles of driving range.
Oddly enough, the EV3 will actually weigh less than its gas-powered sibling, tipping the scales at just 1036 pounds—a savings of about 120 pounds. "The weight distribution is similar so it’s very familiar to handle, and you can disturb the rear wheel in a corner,” design director Jonathan Wells told the magazine.
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As far as styling goes, the new Three Wheeler isn’t apt to look like the original EV3 prototype or the current craft with its vintage liveries. Instead, Wells hints it’ll have a distinctive time-traveling DeLorean look from Back to the Future. No flux capacitor necessary.
Ten lucky customers in the UK and Holland will be the first to buy “Phase One” cars, and it’s their input that will be used to develop the “Phase Two” vehicles, which will then go into larger scale production later this year. It is relative, however. Morgan suggests it will build about one EV3 per week. Stay tuned for the EV3’s official debut next month at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
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