First revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last summer in prototype form, the EV3 is designed to attract younger customers to the traditionalist Morgan brand while also paving the way for future hybrid and electric versions of its existing road cars.
The EV3 is based on the Morgan 3 Wheeler and will be the first production electric vehicle to come from the Malvern-based manufacturer. Morgan’s first foray into electric vehicles was with 2011’s Plus E concept car, but that model was judged to be too heavy and sacrificed driving experience and performance.
Key to the EV3’s success will be its weight. In prototype form, the ‘Phase 1’ EV3 weighs 470kg, a significant reduction from the 525kg of the standard 3 Wheeler. Power comes from an electric motor mounted at the rear, replacing the 3 Wheeler’s 2.0-litre V-twin engine.
The electric motor has been developed by Potenza and produces 75bhp and 96lb ft. Its top speed is rated at 100mph, with the 0-60mph sprint taking 8.5sec. The lithium ion battery pack is said to provide a range of up to 150 miles, with a full recharge taking four hours. Importantly, those figures are all set to be improved with the final car.
The car shown at Goodwood was, according to design director Jonathan Wells, a fully working prototype, but did not feature the styling of the final car - something Wells describes as taking inspiration from the time-travelling Delorean featured in the Back to the Future film series.