It’s a well-known scientific fact that the Morgan 3 Wheeler is the greatest car in the world. By modern standards, this tiny roadster with a missing wheel is archaic. With an 82 horsepower motorcycle engine, it’s not particularly fast. Its chassis is constructed using techniques from the 1930s. It doesn’t have an infotainment system or even an AM radio. Those might sound like negatives, but brought together they make for one of the most fun and engaging cars on sale today.

Now Morgan has a new 3 Wheeler called the EV3, that ditches the V-twin engine and replaces it with an electric motor and battery pack in the rear. Morgan says the electric drivetrain is good for 75 kW, the equivalent of 100 horsepower, and has range of about 150 miles. At a featherweight 992 pounds, it’s also a good bit lighter than the gas-powered 3 Wheeler, which is about 160 pounds heavier.

The lack of a V-twin hanging off the front helps simplify styling, and the polished-aluminum body and disc front wheels make it look like a shrunken version of something you might see streaking across the Bonneville Salt Flats. Overall, the subtle, yet effective changes give a sort of 1950s-retro-futurist feel.

Only a concept for now, the EV3 will be shown later this month at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s currently in development and a production version is planned for the end of 2016. Like the regular 3 Wheeler, Morgan says production EV3s will be bespoke-built to order.

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Why it matters

You have to love the idea of this car. The 3 Wheeler’s chassis construction has more in common with a horse carriage than it does a modern car, and its aluminum body is pounded out by hand and then attached to an ash hardwood (wood!) frame. Add in the juxtaposition of a modern, electric drivetrain, and you’re left with a unique and exciting three-wheeled car. We’ll be learning more about it soon.

2011 Morgan Three Wheeler

2011 Morgan Three-Wheeler Exterior
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Press Release

Morgan are excited to confirm that a prototype model electric 3 Wheeler, The EV3, will be shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.

The Morgan EV3 concept is the second full electric vehicle produced by the Morgan Motor Company. Following the Plus E, the EV3 is based on the standard Morgan 3 Wheeler that was reintroduced back in 2011. Bespoke to order, hand crafted and most of all fun, the EV3 looks at the world of zero emissions motoring with an entirely new approach. Morgan is excited to announce that this prototype version is currently undertaking a full testing and development programme and is expected to go into production towards the end of 2016. A single rear electric motor provides 75kw of power and the overall weight is less than its combustion based counterpart at 450kg. Range is expected to be approximately 150 miles.

The EV3 first prototype will be on show later this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as part of the Niche Vehicle Network stand (Permier row, stand 7).

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