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Published on January 28th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Morgan 3-Wheeler To Go Electric, EV3 Gets £6 Million

January 28th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

The noted (but obscure) English car company Morgan has secured a £6 million ($8.5 million) grant from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Center — as well as further assistance from Delta Motorsport and Potenza Technology — according to recent reports.

The grant brings the company’s plan to build an electric version of the famous, original 3-wheel, 2-seat “Henry Frederick Stanley” model released by the company all the way back in 1910. The new electric version, known as the “EV3” is currently expected to enter small-scale production sometime later this year.

Morgan EV 3 Piloted By Fully Charged In New Video

“This is a very exciting project for us,” stated Morgan’s managing director Steve Morris. “We have been involved in the research and development of new propulsion technology since the inception of the LifeCar project almost 10 years ago. We are now ready to develop the best hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions for production implementation before the end of the decade.”

Our sister site Gas 2 provides more:

The money will also be used to fund development of plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains for the EV3 and the rest of the Morgan product lineup.

…Morris also said the new technology would give Morgan cars “best in class fuel economy” and “broaden the appeal of the brand and attract new customers in our key markets.” That first claim is certainly true. It’s hard to think of another car that is in the same class with any current Morgan.

The grant decision was announced during a visit from the country’s business secretary, Sajid Javid, to the Morgan factory a few weeks ago.

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  • Epicurus

    A great EV could be a rebirth for Morgan. (I thought it had died.)

  • Matt

    They are doing 3 wheel, to get around rules for cars (4 wheels)? With no top, they are planning a very small market.

  • TD1

    Morgan produced the “Plus E” 4 wheel 2 seater concept EV car four years ago. Interestingly it included a five speed manual transmission for driver involvement and longer “touring range”, (they mention the limited speed range for optimum efficiency), potentially better acceleration as well. It was rated 6 sec for 0-62 mph and had a 70kW motor.

    The three wheel EV3 will weigh less than its petrol counterpart, have a 45kW motor, and an expected range of 150 miles. No mention of a gear box. Strictly open air with less than half a full windscreen, they expect it to go into production by the end of this year.

    The picture is somebody’s design for an advanced version. Note that they have thoughtfully included a canopy.

    • Brent Jatko

      Looks like a Boulton Paul Defiant. Cool!

  • Kevin McKinney

    North American that I am, I had no idea that Morgan was still alive and kicking…

  • joshua

    This is awesome! Funny to think that maybe they could come out with a low end model and deliver on the Elio dream. (Though I suppose that doesn’t quite fit with the quirky British luxury goods motif).

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