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Morgan goes electric with EV3 3-wheeler

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 24 June 2015

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BRITISH sports car maker Morgan has revealed the first images of an electrically powered three-wheeler concept car which it says will enter production in 2016.

The EV3, as the concept is called, will be the second full-electric vehicle the has produced, following on from the Plus E, which shared its bodywork with the company’s traditional four-wheeled roadsters.

Morgan says that the EV3, which will make its global public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 27, will feature a 75kW motor, and that its overall weight will be about 100kg than its petrol-powered sibling at just 450kg.

That lightness, and the comparative lack of electronic gadgets on board, mean the EV3 will have an impressive range of 241km from one charge.

This is way less than the 450km Tesla Model S, but ahead of most other electric cars that have been converted from internal combustion, such as the Ford Focus Electric, which manages just 160km. The motor drives a single rear wheel, just as the petrol engine does in the regular version.

Morgan says the prototype is undergoing a full testing and development programme and that, like all Morgans, the production EV3 will be built to order and hand-crafted.

Based in Malvern, Worcestershire, Morgan is the last remaining British car maker to be privately owned. The attraction of electric motors for lightweight cars is the instant torque available from 0 rpm.

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