Electric Morgan EV3 To Launch In Geneva

1 year ago by Mark Kane 15

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

A near production-ready version of the Morgan EV3 will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, according to Autocar.

The electric three wheeler will go on sale this summer with range of up to 150 miles (240 km).

The British company intends to play with electric drive in other models over the next few years.

First Morgan will need to attract customers to EV3 and apparently the first 10 hand-raiser are already lined up to buy. Initial production is set for only one unit per week.

“Key to the EV3โ€™s success will be its weight. In prototype form, the โ€˜Phase 1โ€™ EV3 weighs 470kg, a significant reduction from the 525kg of the standard 3 Wheeler. Power comes from an electric motor mounted at the rear, replacing the 3 Wheelerโ€™s 2.0-litre V-twin engine.

The electric motor has been developed by Potenza and produces 75bhp and 96lb ft. Its top speed is rated at 100mph, with the 0-60mph sprint taking 8.5sec. The lithium ion battery pack is said to provide a range of up to 150 miles, with a full recharge taking four hours. Importantly, those figures are all set to be improved with the final car.”

Source: Autocar

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15 responses to "Electric Morgan EV3 To Launch In Geneva"

  1. Anon says:

    Mmmm, Retro ‘lectric. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Cutting edge tech powertrain, retro design. Cognitive dissonance ‘R us! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Anon says:

        Nothing dissonant about it. The Victorians and Edwardians had their respective electrics, in their day.

        EV technology has certainly improved since, but today’s vehicles lack a lot of fundamental beauty and charm of their fore-bearers, IMHO.

        1. SJC says:

          Baker and Detroit electric cars are still in collections and working fine.

    2. jerryd says:

      Anon say what you want but Morgan is still in business over 100 yrs.
      Until the 60’s they were made from wood both 3 and 4wheel versions.
      I love this personally and actually legal to sell in the US as a MC.
      It might go 100mph but not for long as only a 60 mile range at that speed and likely only 100 miles at 65mph from the bad aero of the lights, front suspension, tires, etc.
      And likely it like it’s gas version should win it’s share of races like it has since 1910 as likely won more races than any other model ever.
      That light with that instant power with that low correctly placed battery CG will be hard to beat on an autocross or other tight race course.

  2. mhpr262 says:

    0 to 100 in 8,5 sec – that thing will be considerably slower than a Chevy Bolt. And 150 miles at what speed? Are those EPA miles, or NEDC miles?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      This is a low-slung roadster without a real windshield, which will have the driver sitting only a few inches above the ground. Comparing that with a more modern car design like the Volt is an apples-to-oranges comparison.

      Believe me, anyone driving a car like this, a car in which you need driving goggles to avoid be blinded by wind, you won’t feel like you’re driving slow! It will feel much faster than driving a Volt.

      And a 150 mile range won’t be much of a limitation, either. This is a car you occasionally take out for a pleasure excursion on a nice day, not one you use to drive to a distant city.

      1. Adam says:

        I think this will be a nice little motor for those drives in the country side. Unsure about the lack of charm from the V-Twin out the front however, and the lack of need to shift gears… isn’t tkat what classic motoring is all about?

        1. Anon says:

          I’m not sold on the plain “Box in the Front” for the motor, either. They should have gone a tad more, dare I say, “steampunk”, and at least tried to give the impression of a metalic motor housing up from, even if electrified. Kinda like what Harley did with their Livewire prototype. Boxes are boring, but certainly cost effective. ๐Ÿ˜›

          As for shifting, why bother when you don’t have to? Open air motoring in a low slung tri-wheeler replica with a peppy electric motor, should evoke plenty of classic motoring ‘feels’, on their own. ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          I agree, Adam. If I was gonna experience the thrill of driving a retro open-seat roadster, I’d certainly want to hear the growl of the engine and the feeling of control that a gearshift gives you.

          But hey, diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks, and the EV revolution progresses in many strange and wonderful ways!

          1. Will says:

            “and the feeling of control that a gearshift gives you.”

            What? A gearshift gives you far less ‘feeling of control’ than a single speed EV does. You’re ALWAYS in control when you don’t have to ‘worry about what gear you’re in for what corner’.

            If anything, needing to shift gear is a way of compensating for a LACK of control. At least in an EV, no matter what speed you’re at, power delivery is immediate and responsive.

            Almost everyone who drives an EV or has tried one has expressed that they feel much more in control without having to worry about being in the correct gear.

  3. Stephen says:

    Lighten up everyone. This is just a toy. And a fun one too. Will it be legal in USA though?

    1. Will says:

      A car is never a toy, no matter how you look at it. Sorry, but something that can kill you or other road users, even one with limited range, is nonetheless a tool. It gets you from A to B. It can cause death or danger. This is no toy. It’s a car.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        As they say: “The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.”

        In that sense, this certainly is a toy.

    2. Daniel says:

      Agreed. This thing looks like fun if they get it to market shouldn’t be any more dangerous than riding a motorcycle would be nice to putz around in something like that