Morgan's electric concepts will use a standard manual gearbox; revealed in early 2012
17 August 2011

Morgan has teamed up with electric motor specialist Zytek and other high-tech British companies to produce two electric concept cars to be revealed in early 2012.

The projects, named Morgan +E, will be based around the Worcestershire firm’s Aero Supersport aluminium chassis, but the 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine will be replaced with a derivative of Zytek’s high power-density electric motor.

See pics of the Morgan Aero Supersport

The concepts will feature a standard manual gearbox, although the ’box won’t be used conventionally. The likelihood is that gears one, three and five may be adopted to accommodate the electric drivetrain’s wide torque band. Gears two and four could be taken out of the equation completely.

Power will come from Li-ion batteries mounted into the aluminium chassis, which will be crafted by Radshape.

Morgan hopes that the collaboration will make this a realistic concept that could lead to further developments if demand and other factors prove favorable.

Zytek currently produces its 94bhp, 221lb ft electric powertrain for various vehicles, including the Smart ED.

Morgan’s project is being partially funded by a £100,000 grant from CENEX, a company that runs research and design projects and wants to increase market opportunities for zero-emission transport.

See all the latest Morgan reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?