An electric three-wheeled vehicle from Morgan? How much more modern + old British can it get? And Morgan now tells us this is for real and the electric Morgan EV3 is due to hit the market in 2018.
The Electric Morgan EV3
There are not too many carmakers left from early last century. Morgan is one of them, though. The Morgan Motor Company founded by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan back in 1910 is still active today. It hums along to the tune of 1300 cars per year, all assembled by hand by 177 employees. The waiting list for a Morgan is about six months — or, in some cases, 10 years.
Made famous for its wooden body frame — guaranteed undeformable for 150 years — not the car chassis, Morgan lives outside carmaker time. It is untouched by Wall Street’s unrealistic demands or investors’ frantic return on investments. Morgan simply does what it does best, one car at a time, on its own time.
A switch from gasoline Triumph-powered cars to more modern engines took time. The switch to electricity even more. The Morgan EV3 announced for 2016 is now slated for production in 2018 … at last. But does this mean production and delivery will be in the same timeframe? We wouldn’t vouch for that.
This is what happens when Morgan asks: “What if an all-electric vehicle was bespoke made, handcrafted, and exhilarating to drive?” It would be called an electric Morgan EV3.
Technicalities Of The Morgan EV3
A switch to electricity for a gas-powered carmaker usually means partnering with another electrically savvy company. In this case, Morgan decided to do it mostly alone, and the car would be based on its iconic three-wheel design. The Morgan electric vehicle will use the company’s signature body, which rests on a tubular space frame. The drivetrain will make use of a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It will be powered by a liquid-cooled 34.8 kW (46.6 hp) electric motor spinning the rear wheel. It will also provide a peak power output of 41.8 kW (56 hp). No words on torque yet. The 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) time is 9 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 90 mph. The range is expected to be 150 miles. With a weight less than 500 kg (1,100 lb), the Morgan EV3 promises to be a lot of fun.
We love reading how Morgan states the Morgan EV3 “delivers responsible driving excitement.” This is absolutely introducing a new wave of traditional British motor manufacturing. The soft launch of Phase 1 of the EV3 mule vehicle was in 2015. Morgan is now ready to officially introduce its EV to the world in 2018.
Besides promising to officially unveil electric Morgan EV3 in 2018, the website is fairly mum about details.
Morgan also lists a special edition, the Morgan 1909 UK Edition, as a way to “put sustainability at the core of its business.”
And why not make the little Misses and little Mister happy with a proportionally sized Morgan? A kid’s version of the electric Morgan EV3 is also in the works! Heck, we’d get one for ourselves for around town.
We’re excited to see one of the longest surviving original carmakers is turning a new chapter to electricity. We’re also excited that Morgan still does things at its own pace and hasn’t fallen prey to the fast-paced demands of financial institutions. We look forward to test driving the electric Morgan EV3 sooner than later.
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