Morgan’s Electric 3-Wheeler to Go into Production in 2018
The EV3 gets more power and better acceleration in production formby Ciprian Florea, on
Remember the three-wheeled electric car that Morgan unveiled in 2015 as a prototype and then as a production-ready model at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show? I’m talking about the EV3, an electric version of the famous 3-Wheeler with a revised front fascia. Introduced with full production plans in mind, the EV3 never made it past the limited-edition Selfridges Edition model, but this will change in 2018 according to recent reports.
The British firm is planning to offer the EV3 alongside the 3-Wheeler in its lineup starting 2018
Word has it that the British firm is planning to offer the EV3 alongside the 3-Wheeler in its lineup starting 2018, but with a new electric drivetrain under the shell. According to TopGear, Morgan is teaming with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems for “greater performance with rapid charging technology,” along with a lower centre of gravity and improved acceleration compared to the car unveiled in 2016.
The source claims that the new EV3 will have a 34.8 kW motor driving the rear wheel with juice from a 21 kWh battery. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will take around seven seconds, with the range estimated at 120 miles on a single charge. The three-wheeled EV will tip de scales at under 500 kg. For reference, the concept had a 20 kWh battery and a 46 kW motor that generated 62 horsepower. It was about two seconds slower to 60 mph and the top speed didn’t exceed 100 mph. However, Morgan claimed that the EV3 concept was able to return 150 miles per charge, so the production model wil be less efficient.
Morgan claimed that the EV3 concept was able to return 150 miles per charge, so the production model wil be less efficient.
"We have been working closely on optimising the EV3’s architecture in every way to develop a car which will offer proven reliability range and cooling performance,” said Morgan’s MD Steve Morris, “combined with the pure driving experience that is expected of every hand-crafted Morgan.”
Pricing will be set at "just over £30,000," which is a tad higher than initially promised. Back in 2016, Morgan said that the EV3 will be priced comparably to the gasoline 3-Wheeler, or somewhere between £27,000 and £30,000 before options. Not a deal breaker though. The EV3 promises to be quite fun and I’m glad to see that Morgan is going electric with one of its most iconic models.
Read our full review on the 2018 Morgan EV3.