Fully Charged Drives Electric Morgan – Video

OCT 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

Fully Charged Drives Electric Morgan

Fully Charged Drives Electric Morgan

The electric Morgan EV3 is probably the first three-wheeler covered by Fully Charged.

It turns out that it’s a blast to drive, as it’s intended to be, as well as impractical (as expected).

Up to 150 miles (240 km) of range should be enough for a joyride.

“A ride in the ridiculously delightful Morgan ev 3, a production electric car that’s like driving a comfortable motorbike.”

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18 Comments on "Fully Charged Drives Electric Morgan – Video"

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Khai L.

I want one! Any chance of it crossing the pond?

Since it’s legally a motorcycle, not a car, a grey-market importation might not be too difficult.

Anon

You have to take the steering wheel off to be able to sit in it. Amazing.

I truly love retro design, but this isn’t the most practical vehicle to turn into an EV.

They could make a 4/4 into an EV easily. So much room for batteries under that long front. And it has a top / hood, for bad weather.

Mike616

You should be able to get into the passenger side and slide over?

Anon

I dunno if there is a gearbox sitting in the typical place for the EV version, but there isn’t a lot of extra space to squeeze between…

I think the 4/4 is a better, more serious choice for a much more practical retro EV:

http://www.morgan-motor.co.uk/44car/

BraveLilToaster

82 kW motor? 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds? And they dare to call it a sports car? A Miata could beat this at any track in the world.

Those statistics are closer to the Leaf than… well, *any* sports car.

Doug B

at 0.13 into the video you can see a central console that would stop you sliding over.
Would love this for the work commute.

Warren

No. Fully Charged covered the TREV two years ago. This vehicle went around the world in 2010-2011 on half the Wh/mile of a Tesla.

Warren

Correct: a third of the Tesla’s energy use.

http://www.evalbum.com/4713

Warren

If the federal government had not been totally co-opted by the car industry when they implemented their energy hog EV tax credits, we might have vehicles like this now.

Nick

Giving credit for the expensive part seems very smart. Much harder to cheat that way.

BraveLilToaster

You’re being terribly overoptimistic about what Americans would buy for a commuter car. Toyota would be able to sell more Mirais per year than that thing.

Warren

A light quadricycle, or three wheeler like the Morgan, TREV, or Edison2 could be sold today for $20K with over 100 miles of range. Imagine how many could have been sold back when oil was over $100 a barrel, with a $7500 tax credit?

Instead we got “trickle down” transportation policy where the rich got tax breaks to buy expensive toys, and the promise that someday we’ll get affordable EVs.

Anybody think we will get the people’s EVs before the next financial collapse, and the OEMs need bailing out again?

Pushmi-Pullyu

@Warren:

The reason that almost no American buys a three-wheel microcar, nor a “quadricycle” instead of a highway-capable real automobile, is not that there is any vast conspiracy by auto makers and/or the guv’mint to promote large cars and suppress tiny ones.

The reason that microcars don’t sell here is that so few Americans want them. The closest Americans ever came to falling in love with a microcar is the classic VW Beetle. No doubt even that was be much too big and “wasteful” from your viewpoint.

Face reality, Warren: Not only is your view a minority, it’s a minority even smaller than the bicycles you think we should all be driving.

Djoni

True for now!
American won’t want any tree wheel or small quadricycle as long as there is 6 lane highway in their neighborhood.
Unless it’s for fun!
http://www.polaris.com/en-us/slingshot
In clogged crowded city, like they have just about everywhere else in the world, it seems much more practical than a big Terminator SUV.
But there is place that it does make sense in very crowded city that does exist also in United State.
Never heard of New York or Los Angeles traffic Jam?
It would be helpful and more appealing if those jurisdiction act to permit such vehicle as a mean to facilitate circulation and lower emission.
Using a 2 tons appliance to move a 200 pounds individual aren’t anything close to efficiency and practicality.

BraveLilToaster

“In clogged crowded city, like they have just about everywhere else in the world, it seems much more practical than a big Terminator SUV.
But there is place that it does make sense in very crowded city that does exist also in United State.
Never heard of New York or Los Angeles traffic Jam?”

Jumping jehosephats. Do you realize that epic craptons of people *in* New York *and* LA drive hulking SUVs to work every day? As the single occupant? And have literally no other use for the vehicle than for driving to work? It’s the primary reason for LA being the single most sprawling city in the world.

It’s more like *you* have never heard of America.

Warren

I get as tired of answering your selfish responses, as you do hearing them.

I, and everyone else on the planet, wants what Americans have had for a generation. They can’t have it, and we can’t either, unless we are willing to kill them to keep it. You have already made your position clear on that score.

super390

Tesla could not have built the Model 3 first. It needed to prove itself as a competent manufacturer first in order to pull in the investment needed to build the battery factory needed to bring the cost down below 20 cents/watt-hour. If you want a wide variety of EV buyers you need cheap batteries, because we don’t all want the same car you do.