Morgan has teased a new all-electric version of its 3 Wheeler, ahead of its official unveiling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Called the 3 Wheeler EV3, the car is merely a prototype for now but it previews a future direction for a carmaker that prides itself on traditional craftsmanship.
In fact, Morgan says testing is ongoing for a customer version of the EV3 which could go into production as early as next year.
Power comes from a single rear-mounted electric motor producing 75kW, which helps to reduce the 3 Wheeler’s already-low 525kg to just 450kg.
Morgan hasn’t quoted a 0-100km/h time, but the British carmaker does say its EV3 will be “fun” with a predicted range on a full charge of 150 miles (240km).
The EV3 isn’t the first electric vehicle to come from Morgan, with the Plus E from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show boasting a similar power output of 70kW (with 380Nm of torque) and a 0-100km/h time of 6.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 185km/h.
It also featured a rarity for an electric vehicle, with power reaching the road via a ‘proper’ five-speed manual transmission from Mazda.
The petrol-powered 3 Wheeler is now available in Australia with a starting price of $90,000 plus on-roads. Whether or not an EV version of the 3 Wheeler would be a starter in Australia in the years ahead remains to be seen.
Stay tuned for more details on the Morgan 3 Wheeler EV3. The 2015 Goodwood festival kicks off on June 25.
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