Goodwood LIVE: Morgan Motors' all-electric EV3 concept
The EV3 has a total driving range of about 150 miles.
England's Morgan Motors has traveled to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to introduce a new concept called EV3.
The EV3 previews the long-rumored all-electric version of the 3 Wheeler. Although full technical details haven't been published yet, Morgan hints its second battery-powered model is powered by a 101-horsepower electric motor that's mounted over the rear wheel, and it is able to drive for up to 150 miles on a single charge.
The pack can be fully topped up in roughly four hours. The automaker explains the motor weighs less than the regular 3 Wheeler's V-twin engine which partially offsets the weight added by the bulky battery. The EV3 tips the scale at a little over 1,200 pounds - just 55 pounds more than the 3 Wheeler - and it can reach 60 mph from a stop in roughly six seconds.
The EV3's rear end is almost identical to the 3 Wheeler's. However, the front end inevitably loses the iconic V-twin engine and gains a retro-styled grille. Model-specific stickers further set the EV3 apart from its gasoline-powered counterpart.
The EV3 is not just a design study, and a battery-powered 3 Wheeler will join the Morgan lineup before the end of next year. It will only be available on a built-to-order basis, meaning production figures will depend on how buyers like the idea of a retro-styled electric trike. Morgan promises the electric 3 Wheeler will cost about the same as a gasoline-powered model.
Live images by Ben Hsu.