Matthew Jones18 August 2011

Morgan to build electric Supersports based +E

Zero emissions Morgans are in the pipeline. And they’ve got proper(ish) gearboxes.

GOOD NEWS! Morgan's building a 94bhp Supersports-based electric superishcar. BETTER NEWS! It's got a proper manual gearbox.

The +E concept's using a similar five-speed manual transmission to the six-speeder in the current V8-powered car. And providing it reaches production, it'll be the only manual EV... in the world.

Neil Cheeseman from the car's electric drivechain manufacturers, Zytek, says: "Keeping the motor in its sweet spot will help it use energy more efficiently, which will increase the vehicle's range. It also allows us to provide lower gearing for rapid acceleration from pull-away and higher gearing for top speed. It should also make the car more engaging for keen drivers."

There's a chance gears two and four will get removed to suit the electric motor's wide torque band, but Morgan assures us it'll be just as engaging as the fossil-powered original.

Thrust comes courtesy of a modified version of Zytek's 70kW (94bhp) 300Nm electric powertrain and power's funded by a Li-Ion battery pack, which is shackled to the vehicle's aluminium structure.

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