Morgan EV3 Electric Car Confirmed For 2018


It's not too often a brand new vehicle that's yet to go into production gets a major update just before it goes into production, but that's what appears to have happened with Morgan's first all-electric model, the EV3.

The EV3 will benefit from rapid-charge capability, a lower centre of gravity and improved acceleration.

Unlike its heritage, however, the EV3 will use a modern space frame chassis, as well as the company's first use of lightweight composite body panels.

Morgan managing director Steve Morris said: "The EV3 is an exciting opportunity for our customers to enjoy the unique Morgan driving experience and the joy of tailored manufacture while remaining conscientious towards the future of our planet".

In case you hadn't already guessed, the EV3 is a pretty significant auto for Morgan.

The EV3 will be powered by a 34.8kW (46bhp) liquid cooled electric motor driving the rear wheel.

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The new three-wheeler is certainly a head-turning piece of design, with the British manufacturer claiming that its looks were inspired by "1930s Aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons". "We have been working closely on optimizing the EV3's architecture in every way to develop a auto which will offer proven reliability range and cooling performance, combined with the pure driving experience that is expected of every hand-crafted Morgan".

Frazer Nash is a name as old as Morgan's, and they've made a return in recent years by buying up Bristol Cars and delivering up the £250k Bristol Bullet with a Cosworth V8, when what we expected was an electric Bristol.

Based on the successful 3 Wheeler sports vehicle, the EV3 has been developed with British technology firm Frazer-Nash Energy Systems and swaps the 3 Wheeler's 80bhp V-twin engine for a liquid-cooled 56bhp electric motor fed by a 21kWh lithium battery.

But instead of a the big Bristol getting an EV Powertrain from Frazer Nash, it's the little Morgan 3-wheeler getting a new architecture incorporating Frazer Nash's proven electric technology, including fast charging.

"We are very pleased to be able to provide energy management and propulsion systems to the EV3".

The production of the EV3 will begin by mid-2018 at Morgan's Pickersleigh Road factory. "This remains a core focus throughout the development of the EV3".