Morgan’s Electric 3-Wheeler to Go into Production in 2018
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.
Start Your Kids Early With Morgan’s Kid-Sized Three-Wheeler
Just when you thought that finding different ways to get children engaged in motor racing had run its course, here comes Morgan with a literal vehicle that’s designed specifically for kids. It’s officially called the Morgan EV3 Junior, and it is a true sight to behold.
Before anybody starts questioning the build quality of the EV3 Junior, it’s worth mentioning that this is an actual Morgan, albeit shrunk in size for kids six years or older. It’s got a legitimate carbon fiber body, a wooden dashboard, and a little windscreen. Heck, it even has a hand-stitched leather interior, which I’m pretty sure you won’t see on any Tonka or Little Tykes toy cars.
But here’s the best part about the EV3 Junior: it also has a fully electric powertrain that’s capably of speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Remember the electric McLaren P1 that McLaren unveiled last year? Its top speed was limited to three mph. Yep, this is the only time in automotive history that you’ll ever hear the words “a Morgan is three times faster than a McLaren” without actually lying about it.
Apart from the impressive build quality and performance credentials of the EV3 Junior, the little Morgan also comes in a choice of three standard colors: Sport Green, Sport Ivory, and Sport Red. If you’re not digging any of the three colors, you can opt to pay a little extra and dress up the car in any color that the British automaker has in its lineup. Even better, Morgan’s also offering sticker packs in case you want to class up the personalization of the car.
All told, the Morgan EV3 Junior is as good as it gets as far as legitimate junior cars are concerned. It’s got a pretty steep cost of $8,432, but for what you’re getting with that amount, I’d say it’s worth some serious consideration.
Those interested in the Morgan EV3 Junior can avail it through a number of means, including through MOrgan’s online shop, any Morgan dealership, or directly from the company’s factory in the UK.
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2016 Morgan EV3
Morgan Motor Company is a unique figure in today’s automotive industry. Still a family-owned manufacturer after more than a decade in the business, Morgan continues to build vehicles based on 1920s and 1930s designs, most of them on hand-made wood frames. Some would call their vehicles dated and too old-fashioned, but Morgan has developed a cult following in Europe and sales are strong, despite the expensive price tags. Come 2016, and Morgan takes a new step into the future with the EV3, an all-electric version of the iconic 3-Wheeler.
Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the EV3 is Morgan’s first-ever electric vehicle and the first 3-Wheeler to receive a significant makeover since its revival in 2011. Not just a drivetrain swap, the EV3 gained a redesigned body and a new interior with a more modern instrument cluster.
A final pre-production prototype as of this writing, the Morgan EV3 will go into production in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the first examples likely to hit showrooms by the end of the year. Along with the EV3, Morgan also announced that it will develop more EV and hybrid vehicles in the future with funding from the British government. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 3-Wheeler’s battery-powered brother.
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Morgan Plans To Build Hybrid And Electric Models From 2019
Add Morgan to the growing list of automakers who are gearing up for a future model lineup that includes hybrid and electric vehicles. The British automaker has announced its intention to develop a series of hybrid and EV models that it plans to launch by 2019. While it’s not as big of a company as some of the giants in the business, Morgan is still making that leap, thanks in large part to securing funding from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre.
The company is also tapping into its partnerships with Delta Motorsport and Potenza Technology to invest £6 million ($8.5 million) in the development of new technologies, including hybrid and EV powertrains.
Morgan managing director Steve Morris told Autocar that the company has already invested time and money to get to this point, specifically touching on the research and development of new propulsion technologies that it has been doing for close to a decade now.
While it’s certainly hard to envision Morgan becoming as big in hybrids and EVs as the Toyotas and BMWs of the world, the company knows what its targets are and is sticking to it, including appealing to its key markets and attracting new customers.
Only time will tell if Morgan will be able to get where it needs to go, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that with the industry evolving into one that places a premium on delivering improved fuel economy and efficiency, there’s no time like today - and the future - for Morgan to go all-in on this endeavor.
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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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Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.
Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.
In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.
Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
It’s a combination that you probably never saw coming. But thanks to a combination of retro demand and the continuous pursuit of technology, we might just be able to live in a world where a classic-looking vehicle is running on electric energy.
British automaker, Morgan, has unveiled their newest concept, the Electric Plus E, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Morgan Plus 8, the Electric Plus E bears all the styling cues and design language of the Plus 8, except that instead of running on petrol, the Electric Plus E Concept was fitted with a Zytek electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, two power sources that allow the vehicle to travel up to 120 miles on just a single charge.
Taken together, the Morgan Plus E Concept produces an output of 160 horsepower and 280 lb/ft of torque while mated to a five-speed manual transmission. These figures allow it to travel from 0-62 mph in 6.0 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph.
It may not have the power of the Plus 8, but the Electric Plus E Concept is really the best of both worlds for those retro nuts looking for a classic car that doesn’t come with a gas-guzzling unit.
There are two simple ways for attracting a lot of attention while you are behind the steering wheel. The first one is driving a superfast sports car, while the other is to hop inside of a classic car. But, if you want a little bit of both, you can always order a Morgan.
Morgan has decided to reenter in the automotive industry relatively recent. Though, unlike other contemporary manufacturers who are constantly searching for futuristic shapes and modern design languages, Morgan took the opposite way and brought back among us the legendary design of classic cars. This strategy was pretty smart, as it helped Morgan to catch the interest of the automotive world in an instant.
One of the most appreciated models in Morgan’s lineup is the Plus 8, a classic looking roadster which is packed with a strong V8 engine. As Morgan was always interested to combine the classy look of its cars with the latest technologies, it shouldn’t surprise us the arrival of an electric version for the Plus 8 model, named the Plus E.
As if we haven’t been inundated with all these companies releasing EV sports cars recently, Morgan - yep, the very same brand that brought back the Three Wheeler - is laying the groundwork for its own electric sports car concept.
Together with British companies Zytek and Radshape, Morgan is in the development stages of building a prototype model that’s based on the Supersports chassis. If everything goes according to plan, two electric concepts being built under the Morgan +E program will be featured next year carrying a new high power-density electric powertrain courtesy of Zytek. This powertrain is being prepared as a new derivative of the company’s 70kW, 300 Nm electric powertrain that is already being used on some cars in the US.
For their part, Morgan is looking into exploring different avenues to further enhance their brand ever since its recent revival from obscurity. “This is an exciting investigation into the potential for a zero-emissions Morgan with near supercar performance,” says Morgan’s Operations Director, Steve Morris.
“By working closely with Zytek and Radshape, who already have considerable expertise in this field, we aim to make this a realistic concept that could lead to further developments if demand and other factors prove favorable.”
While this smells like an attempt by Morgan to keep abreast of the times by introducing an electric sports car concept, we’d be very surprised if this whole project makes it past the prototype phase. Not that we don’t want to see one on the road; it’s just that it speaks more about it being a feasibility study than it is about actually producing the car.
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