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Trevor Collett | Mar, 08 2016 | 2 Comments

Morgan’s latest model is currently on show at the Geneva Motor Show, and the carmaker’s Australian distributor has confirmed it’s heading our way.

Called the EV3 - or the ‘3-Wheeler EV’ - the new model takes the existing 3-Wheeler and swaps the air-cooled twin-cylinder petrol engine for an all-electric powerplant.

Enthusuasts, and there are many, will be relieved to hear that the 3-Wheeler’s early 20th century-inspired shape remains, but Morgan has made more than a few styling changes to separate the EV from the regular model.

The front end barely resembles the 3-Wheeler, given the lack of a petrol powerplant with its chrome gills sitting proud of the engine.

Instead, a new ‘open’ section sits up front sporting a left-of-centre singular headlamp and cooling vents for the motor.

The body is made from composite carbon and aluminium panels, which aids in keeping the EV3’s weight well under half-a-tonne at 450kg.

Drive comes from a 46kW electric motor driving the single rear wheel, powered by a 20kWh lithium battery pack. The 0-100km/h sprint takes less than nine seconds, and the top speed exceeds 145km/h.

Total range from a full charge is rated at 240km.

The EV3 was first previewed as a prototype at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

For Australian customers, Morgan hopes to see the first examples arriving next year. The company stresses that the arrival date will be dependent on the number of changes required under Australian Design Rules.

Pricing and local specifications are still to be confirmed.

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