All-electric Morgan EV3 heads for production

Following the EV3 prototype's debut last June, Morgan has unveiled a pre-production version of its electric-powered three-wheeler at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Built around a tubular space frame chassis, the specification includes a 61 bhp (46 kW / 62 PS) liquid-cooled electric motor which is connected to a 20 kWh battery pack. That output is significantly down on the 100 bhp (75 kW / 101 PS) originally quoted for the EV3 prototype, but performance is brisk nevertheless.

Morgan EV3 Pre-Production (2016) Front Side

Thanks partly to a kerb weight of less than 500 kg (1,100 lbs), the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint can be completed within nine seconds, while the EV3's top speed exceeds 90 mph (145 km/h). Range is approximately 150 miles (around 240 kilometres), a sufficient distance for most weekend jaunts.

The attractive styling is best described as retro-modern. Such a term also applies to the bodywork construction, as it consists of a traditional ash wood frame clothed in both aluminium and – for the first time on a Morgan – carbon fibre panels.

Morgan EV3 Pre-Production (2016) DashboardMorgan EV3 Pre-Production (2016) Rear

Among the particularly striking design elements are an offset central headlight, some front-mounted brass battery cooling fins and a unique dashboard.

Production is due to begin during the final quarter of 2016. Morgan has said that EV3 pricing will be similar to the existing petrol-fuelled 3 Wheeler's.

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