British bespoke sports car maker Morgan has revealed the all-electric EV3 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The stunning 1930s ‘streamliner’ inspired pre-production version of its three-wheeler claims a zero-emissions range of 150 miles and a sub-9 second 0-60mph time, with a top speed expected to be around 90mph.
The new model is not only the company’s first electric vehicle, but it also signals Morgan’s first move into the world of carbon composite body panels. It will also be priced comparably with the petrol-engined Morgan Three-Wheeler, which starts at just over £30k.
The style of the car “takes inspiration from the 1930s aero-engined race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons”, the company says. “Brass conductive cooling fins encase the batteries and an off-centre tri-bar headlight adds to the overall asymmetry of the design.”
The model also differs from the petrol version with a cut away body at the rear, which exposes more of the rear wheel. Described as a dramatic tail lift, it’s designed to impart a visually forward stance, further enhanced by streamlined side-pods running back from the running lights.
The EV3 features an all-new dashboard too, with a classic magneto-inspired drive mode switch, a digital display and lots of wood, brass and polished aluminium.
Under its stylish new skin, the EV3 retains Morgan’s traditional ash body structure with a tubular space frame chassis. Power comes from a 20kW lithium battery, and a liquid-cooled 46kW motor driving the rear wheel.
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With all-up weight of less than 500kgs, the machine seems certain to provide real driving thrills, and Morgan says the car looks at the world of electric motoring from an entirely unique perspective: “What if an all-electric vehicle was bespoke, hand-crafted and exhilarating to drive?”
Morgan recently announced it was leading a £6m Government-funded consortium to develop new EV and hybrid technologies – promising more new technology will be introduced across its hand-built sports car range from 2019.
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