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Despite being “absolutely committed to an electric future", the brand has shelved plans to launch the EV3, an electric version of its 3 Wheeler

Morgan has shelved plans to launch an electric version of its 3 Wheeler, named EV3, but remains “absolutely committed to an electric future”, according to managing director Steve Morris.

The car was revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show as part of a scheme to link Morgan’s history with that of the Selfridge’s department store, which opened the same year, 1909. An initial limited run of 19 cars was planned to begin in the third quarter of this year and would be sold exclusively through Selfridge’s, before the model went on general sale.

Morris said his company had taken the decision to shelve the EV3 because “our current EV powertrain supplier is no longer able to fulfil the project within the terms of the contract”.

Speaking for the aforementioned supplier, Surrey-based Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, managing director Noamaan Siddiqui said the deal had failed “for a number of contractual reasons”, while declaring that prototypes his company had built were “very promising”. 

Morris insisted the EV3 is not dead, but will have to be re-evaluated. However, the company had learned from the experience, he said: “We had expected Frazer-Nash to deliver a turn-key powertrain for the EV3, but have since realised we need more EV know-how inside our Malvern headquarters. We are in the process of bolstering our EV team by bringing additional specialist resource in-house.”

More announcements about EV3 and other Morgan electric projects under development would be made “in due course”, Morris said.

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Steve Cropley is the oldest of Autocar’s editorial team, or the most experienced if you want to be polite about it. He joined over 30 years ago, and has driven many cars and interviewed many people in half a century in the business. 

Cropley, who regards himself as the magazine’s “long stop”, has seen many changes since Autocar was a print-only affair, but claims that in such a fast moving environment he has little appetite for looking back. 

He has been surprised and delighted by the generous reception afforded the My Week In Cars podcast he makes with long suffering colleague Matt Prior, and calls it the most enjoyable part of his working week.

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