The Morgan EV3 is an electrified version of the already niche Morgan 3 Wheeler, and it has made its debut in pre-production guise at the 2016 Geneva motor show.
The new EV3 model continues on the theme that the motorcycle-engined 3 Wheeler started with design inspiration from “1930s aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons” – whatever that means. But the EV3 pushes the British brand’s crazy contraption towards the future.
Hidden under the svelte skin of the EV3 is a tubular spaceframe chassis, and enclosed within that chassis is a 20kWh lithium battery pack that is said to offer the Morgan EV3 a range of 240 kilometres. That’s more than a Nissan Leaf.
The batteries send power to the rear-wheel electric motor – a 46kW, liquid-cooled unit – and according to the brand the EV3 can run from 0-100km/h in less than 9.0 seconds.
According to Morgan, the EV3 – despite the electric hardware – weighs less than 500 kilograms, and that comes down to the extensive use of carbon composite panels (the bonnet, tonneau cover and side areas), while aluminium is used elsewhere.
Inside, the Morgan EV3 is minimalist in its execution. There’s a simple ‘magneto’ switch for drive selection, as well as beautiful wooden switches, what appear to be milled aluminium stalks, and slinky chrome-ringed dials with a digital screen.
Published: Thursday, March 3, 2016