Electric Morgan three-wheeler set for 2018 production
Morgan has announced that a revised EV3 will enter production in 2018 following a technical partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems
Morgan Motor Company has announced that a heavily redesigned EV3 will enter production next year, having formed a technical partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems.
The car was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 and was due to go into production later that year, but now the electric three-wheeler has resurfaced with an all-new architecture and a production date for the third quarter of 2018.
Inspired by 1930s aero-engine race cars, the revised set-up introduces rapid charging technology, a lower centre of gravity and greater acceleration than before. That comes courtesy of increased torque with a stiffer chassis and underslung battery beneath the skin.
The EV3 is expected to have a range of 120 miles and is anticipated to have comparable performance figures to its petrol sibling, according to Morgan.
Much of the new technology featured comes as a result of the newly announced partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems.
It is not the first time the electric vehicle specialists have been involved with a boutique British car manufacturer, as its Kamkorp Autokraf subsidiary bought out Bristol Cars to save it from administration in 2011.
Morgan’s managing director Steve Morris said: ‘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, combined with the pure driving experience that is expected of every hand-crafted Morgan.’
The EV3 will also be the first time composites have featured in a Morgan production car.
‘The greatest challenge lies within introducing EV technology into our factory work flows, customer experience and supporting dealer network in a robust and most importantly safe manner. Frazer-Nash Energy Systems offer us every confidence in achieving this. This will result in Morgan’s first entrance to the world of EV being incredibly rewarding, but moreover sets the scene for many exciting future opportunities.'
Noamaan Siddiqi, Frazer-Nash Energy System’s business development director, said: 'The EV3 plays an important role in Morgan’s future strategy. Achieving Zero Emissions using electrification is a requirement no manufacturer can afford to ignore. Morgan has always embraced the latest technology within its vehicles to ensure it can continue to build relevant hand-crafted British sports cars.
'At Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, we appreciate the heritage and craft that Morgan brings to the world of EV technology and we in turn will bring decades of EV expertise to ensure that EV3 customers will receive a car that is reliable, proven and exhilarating to drive, a thoroughbred Morgan. We are very pleased to be able to provide energy management and propulsion systems to the EV3. A lightweight, spirited driving experience beneath a coach-built body is key to the identity of any Morgan. This remains a core focus throughout the development of the EV3.'
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