The Morgan EV3 Unveiled (w/videos)

1 year ago by Mark Kane 24

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan Motor Company has unveiled the production version of its first electric vehicle – the Morgan EV3.

It looks differently from the concept first shown in 2015, and in positive way.

Designers seem to have done their homework as the look of electric version is attractive with neat asymmetry.

Pricing and performances of the Morgan EV3 to be similar to the petrol 3 Wheeler, and production to begin in fourth quarter of this year.

Morgan expects 150 miles (240 km) of operational range on the 20 kWh battery.

There is also 46 kW electric motor, which take EV3 from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 9 seconds.

More photos and videos of Morgan EV3 from Geneva coming.

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

Press release:

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

Morgan launches EV3

• The Morgan EV3 will be the first production EV to be built by the company
• Production to start in Q4 of 2016
• Pricing and performance figures will be comparable to the petrol 3 Wheeler
• Operational range of 150 miles
• Launch coincides with the announcement that a consortium led by Morgan will receive government funding towards advanced propulsion

The Morgan EV3 today makes its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The EV3 looks at the world of zero emissions motoring from an entirely different perspective, what if an all-electric vehicle was bespoke, hand crafted and exhilarating to drive? The EV3 embraces new technology, delivers responsible driving excitement and continues to celebrate traditional British craftsmanship.

Following a soft launch of the Phase 1 concept EV3 in 2015, Morgan is excited to showcase the final “pre-production phase” car which reveals the restyled body and interior. Weighing less than 500kg, the all-electric 3 Wheeler has a range of 150 miles.

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

Lightweight agility is complemented by performance figures that challenge those of the petrol 3 Wheeler. 0-62mph takes less than 9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 90mph. Encased within the tubular space frame chassis is a 20KWh Lithium Battery and a liquid cooled 46kW motor driving the rear wheel.

The EV3 is the first Morgan vehicle to utilise composite carbon panels in its body construction. The carbon bonnet, tonneau cover and side pods are made in the UK, and much like the remaining aluminium panels, are hand worked over an ash wood frame. Taking inspiration from 1930’s aeroengine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950’s fantasy automatons, the face of the EV3 is designed to function. Brass conductive cooling fins encase the batteries and an off-centre tri-bar headlight adds to the overall asymmetry of the design.

The Morgan EV3

The Morgan EV3

The dramatic tail lift once seen on 1930’s Morgan 3 Wheeler race cars, has been re-introduced, subsequently creating a visually forward stance. This is enhanced with low slung running lights that carry through the cylindrical form of the side pods. An entirely new dashboard arrangement features a classic ‘magneto’ switch for drive selection, a digital screen, wood, brass and polished aluminium.

The EV3 will go into production in the fourth quarter of 2016 and will be priced comparably to the petrol 3 Wheeler. This launch coincides with an announcement that the Morgan Motor Company will receive government funding towards a £6m consortium based project developing future hybrid and full EV Morgan vehicles.

“The EV3 is an exciting opportunity for our customers to enjoy the unique Morgan driving experience
and the joy of tailored manufacture whilst remaining conscientious towards the future of our planet.”

– Steve Morris, Managing Director, Morgan Technologies Ltd.

 

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24 responses to "The Morgan EV3 Unveiled (w/videos)"

  1. offib says:

    Much better! Now this looks like a proper, carved machine!

  2. 2013VOLT says:

    What and awesome car. I have always loved the Morgan 3 wheeler.

  3. MTN Ranger says:

    It’s a shame that there’s only one seat compared to the two in the ICE version. I wonder if there was a reason, the video, didn’t explain that.

    1. Jack Alberts says:

      Actually, I believe it is still a two seater. If you can catch it in the video you can see a seam around the lefthand cockpit cover. It appears to be a sort of metal tonneau cover.
      In the MG’s and TR-3’s of my period it was commont to have a zipper down the center of the tonneau to allow opening the driver’ half while still leaving the passenger side protected form rain, etc.

    2. Acevolt says:

      That looks like a removable piece hiding the second seat. In the second video I can see two seat belts.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        There is only one roll hoop behind the (single) seat, and there is only one wind deflector in front of the seat. Furthermore, the seat occupies about 2/3 of the width of the car. The logical conclusion is there is only one seat in the car.

        If there is a second seat hidden under the metal cover, it must be a kiddie seat, because it can be only half the width of the driver’s seat.

        Note in the 2nd video, the two-seater Morgan roadster has twin roll hoops and twin wind deflectors.

        If there are two shoulder harness seat belts, I think it likely they are part of a racing harness for the one seat.

  4. pk says:

    Hmm, get t-boned in that thing. It looks straight out of 1927.

    1. mhpr262 says:

      How is it unsafer than a motorcycle? People ride those voluntarily too.

      1. pk says:

        People are welcome to ride donor cycles as much as they are to ride this morgan contraption. You won’t find me in either. Had I been riding either I wouldn’t have survived this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lh7n0zz0z13e0fh/IMG_20140624_172239.jpg?dl=0

        1. Nick says:

          Holy crud!

          Glad you’re okay!

        2. Will says:

          Actually you could survive that on a bike. Instead of the impact energy crumpling the tail, you’d get sent flying instead. Motorcyclists can survive being sent flying.

      2. Stimpacker says:

        On a motorcycle, I way faster and more maneuverable. In that thing, you can see death coming and can’t do jack.

        You’ll need a helmet to drive in that thing. The wind roar will be deafening.

        1. ffbj says:

          A helmet was the first thing I thought too. A bigger roll bar, and a roll cage. I wonder about the ride with those thin tires.
          I mean for driving around your estate or well maintained country roads, in 3 seasons, it’s cool. for just about anything else it’s sort of like me, gorgeous but impractical.

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          You’ll at least need goggles. Sunglasses aren’t gonna do. I once rode shotgun in a car without a windshield. At 40 MPH the wind over the hood was enough to bring tears to my eyes, and I wear glasses.

          1. Will says:

            I ride an electric bicycle capable of doing in excess of 50 mph. You don’t need glasses at all. Yes, your eyes water initially, but it only takes about 30 seconds to overcome that, and then you’re okay.

            (Just have to hope something doesn’t go in your eye :P)

      3. Alpha777 says:

        Obviously, this is a spring-summer-fall car to drive to the country club, tennis court and golf range. In the country there is no traffic, or you just buy up another 1000 acres.

  5. Bob Nickson says:

    Damn good range from a 20kWh battery. Is that simply from light weight?

    In 2013 Motor Trend reported the base price of the ICE Morgan 3 wheel to be $45k.

    Love to have one.

  6. PVH says:

    I need to have one, would make me feel like a character from Downton Abbey TV series 🙂

  7. Acevolt says:

    And with the 10% tax credit for 2-wheeled vehicles (up to a maximum $2500 tax credit) plus $900 for California, this would probably be less expensive than the standard Morgan.

  8. Samwise says:

    The front end is completely steampunk gorgeous!
    Backend could do with a few touches though.
    But all in all a very nice job.

  9. Paul says:

    Anybody knows the price in Europe? I have read it is around the same as the standard 3 wheeler, but I cannot find the price.

    1. Acevolt says:

      Its 26K pounds plus 5.3K in VAT.

  10. Anon says:

    The vehicle’s utility seems limited by the asymmetry.

    I like fenders (stones, mud and grit in my face sucks) higher headlamps, and centered details. I’d immediately have the top light centered. That said, the new aero front is a more sensual solution to just plunking a box over the electric drivetrain. The brass heat fins are a great, inspired touch.

    However, I also dislike the missing passenger windscreen and rollbar. Is this a single seater? The video didn’t make it clear. Is it now a passenger side cargo area with a cover? The lack of safty gear for that side would suggest so. Seems like a case of concept over function.