By on December 19, 2017

Morgan EV3, Image: Morgan Cars USA

To some, the only thing that beats electric vehicles for soullessness is those pesky autonomous vehicle people who can’t drive adore so much. Morgan, the quirky British automaker best known for giving wood construction and wire-spoke wheels an automotive toehold in the 21st century, doesn’t do soulless.

Surely the company’s EV3, now confirmed for production next year, warrants a look. This isn’t your average Leaf, Bolt, or Model S.

Morgan first unveiled the EV3 in the spring of 2016. Since the debut of that prototype, Morgan found a technology partner in Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, allowing the storied automaker to deliver performance specs above and beyond its early estimates. With everything now in place, this fully electric version of the company’s gas-powered 3-Wheeler model is a go for third-quarter 2018 production.

From the outside, the design appears little different from the earlier prototype, harkening back to the company’s Super Sports offerings from the 1920s and 30s (though minus the external V-twin engine). Morgan assures us there’s plenty of changes afoot. New architecture and a stiffer tubular chassis hide a 21 kWh battery pack slung below the floor. Power comes by way of a liquid-cooled 34.8 kW electric motor driving a single rear wheel, just as those early British tax dodgers intended.

Morgan EV3, Image: Morgan Cars USA

Thanks to Frazer-Nash, itself a former automotive nameplate, the Morgan EV3 is fast-charge capable, with a top speed of 115 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles. It should make the sprint to 60 mph in six seconds.

The company promises the EV3’s select buyers a “hands-on, exhilarating driving experience that has not previously been associated with electric vehicles.”

Despite its decidedly retro (archaic? Antiquated? Steampunk?) exterior, Morgan claims the EV3 is the first car in its history to use composite panels. Don’t worry, it’s still built by hand in the automaker’s Pickersleigh Road, UK, factory. Meaning, of course, very limited volume. This is the type of vehicle purchase that requires an order form, which buyers, including those in the U.S., can find on the company’s website.

Never mind Tesla’s promise of a new Roadster (arriving eventually, but pony up that quarter mil first). Exposed wheels, suspension, and linkages, wire spokes, a single seat, no roof or pillars, and not much car between you and the road makes this futuristic throwback the true driver’s machine. Even if it is electric.

Pricing has not yet been announced.

[Images: Morgan Cars USA]

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20 Comments on “Sick of Electric Cars? Morgan Green-lights Production of One You Might Not Hate...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I prefer my electric cars to have 4 wheels, fenders, and more than one seat.

  • avatar
    carguy

    Finally! An affordable and practical EV for the masses.

    Just kidding. It’s another electrified toy for folks who already have at least 3 cars and are wondering what to buy next to impress impress the boys at the country club.

    • 0 avatar
      Rick Astley

      Thankfully the taxpayer will still be there to help people afford these vehicles, and Morgan will be able to sell it’s CAFE credits for additional profit. That’s a win win scenario for everybody except the taxpayer.

      Elon will need to get in on this action right.meow!

  • avatar
    stingray65

    The perfect EV – terrible ride and wind buffeting – no one can tolerate a ride in a toy like this long enough to run out of battery.

  • avatar
    Jeremiah Mckenna

    So it is just as ho-hum as the ICE version. Way to be boring as usual Morgan. Looks alone this is a nice vehicle, but performance is lacking.

  • avatar
    Steve65

    The only thing I’m sick of about electric cars is the constant mindleas fanboi boosterism by people who refuse to comprehend that they have serious real-world logistical issues, and will remain niche market vehicles until those real world problems are solved. And “with relentless engineering we’ll have a workaround to the basic laws of physics” is not a solutuon.

    This thing looks like an awesome toy. If it has a solid 150 mile range when driven like a toy car gets driven, it’ll be a success.

    • 0 avatar
      brandloyalty

      I guess the same can be said about musclecars.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      @steve65: MIndless? WTF are you talking about? I’ve managed to put 57k miles on one in 3 and a half years. Most of what I say comes from actual experience. Maybe you should spend some time in one and get some actual experience with one before saying anything.

      Like some other thread where you said something to the effect that you needed a garage or carport to charge. That’s untrue. Just an outdoor outlet will work. You don’t need covered charging space.

      There is a legitimate issue for people that only have on-street parking available. There are upcoming vehicles capable of 350 to 400 kW charging and charging networks like chargepoint will be deploying compatible chargers soon. Tesla has its Gigacharger network coming soon. Shell and BP are adding charging to their stations in Britain and may end up owning the biggest and best charging networks eventually.

      Batteries have improved to the point that they were able to fit a 200 kW into a car the size of the Tesla Roadster prototype. Sure, the thing costs a quarter of a million dollars now and who knows if the price will come down, but that fact is that they were able to put together a car with a 600-mile range. Someone else will match them soon.

      I’m lucky, My EV works perfectly for me. 57k miles without a problem. Sure, I have readily available charging at home and at my workplaces along with an amazingly short 100-mile round trip commute a few times each month and have never had to do it in weather colder than -5f, but it works for me and will work for a number of other people.

      I realize many of you have 1000 mile daily commutes and live off the grid in tents in the middle of the woods. Maybe EVs aren’t for you yet. Maybe they never will be. But for many of us, they’re another alternative to 4 cylinders with CVTs. Some of us like the torque and smoothness from them and would buy them even without the economic or environmental benefits. There are plenty of vehicles that fall into the “not for everybody” category and they do fine. For those of us with sub-200 to 300-mile per day commutes, access to outdoor outlets, and the ability to afford to fly to vacation destinations, they’re another great choice for a vehicle.

      • 0 avatar
        Steve65

        Niche vehicles…

        Relentless engineering…

        Congratulations. You are my point.

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          What makes a 5-passenger car that handles daily commutes, etc at 16k miles/year be a niche vehicle?

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            If we are talking Tesla’s you can buy, the fact that I could have upgraded my F150 XLT to Limited Trim and added a 10000 dollar stereo to make sure you could hear whatever Soundgarden CD I was listening to as well as I could for the same price. I think the Bolt is the most parctical of the bunch with respect to price vs capability, but that Chevy bowtie just doesn’t announce to the world how much you care like a Tesla.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        You win the ultimate fanbois prize. Congrats!

        Some of us don’t have time for a two-hour lunch to get our 80-mile range Leaf from Brunswick to Boston. A Bolt won’t get me to my office and back without mucking around looking for a charge somewhere. My Golf will do it TWICE with a single 10 minute stop for gas. Now an eSmart for a dedicated commuter makes perfect sense, but I am not going to try to cross the country in the stupid thing, just cross town.

        And ultimately, I just don’t really give a sh!t. Gas is too cheap and too convenient to put up with *any* level of added expense or bother.

        I love Morgan 3-wheelers, but unless this one has synthetic sound I’ll pass. The sound is part of the fun, and golf carts aren’t really that fun.

  • avatar
    YeOldeMobile

    If I could fit in it, I would definitely buy an electric Morgan. All their cars are beautiful, and this one is no exception. You’ll get way more oohs and ahs from a Morgan EV than from a Tesla Roadster.

  • avatar
    SlowMyke

    Man, I’d love to have a Morgan 3, EV or otherwise. I think they look great and would be a perfect weekend car/thing.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Curious…as electrics have become the preferred means to signal how much you care to the world, is driving a Prius the automotive equivalent of being on MySpace?

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