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This is Morgan's Cyclops-like electric 3-Wheeler
Quirky looks for Morgan's EV3 plug-in. 150-mile range, 90mph top speed. Want one?
This, you’re probably aware, is a Morgan 3-Wheeler, but it’s a bit different to normal. Not only does it more resemble a Cyclops than ever, but it’s also powered by electric. Yep, good old-fashioned Morgan is acknowledging the future.
Meet the EV3. In the words of its maker, it “looks at the world of zero emissions motoring from an entirely different perspective”. And we’re not about to argue: what we essentially have is the standard 3-Wheeler, with its front-mounted V-twin bike engine ditched in favour of electric propulsion.
A 61bhp electric motor drives its rear wheel, and with a 20kWh battery powering it, you’ll manage 150 miles on a charge.
Think that’s a weeny amount of power? Well, it is, but then the EV3 is a weeny thing, weighing less than 500kg. So 0-60mph takes nine seconds and your top speed is 90mph, figures which will feel ample with the wind - and flies - in your face.
“It has the same handling characteristics as the normal 3-Wheeler, the same amount of understeer and oversteer, that was important to us,” Morgan’s Jon Wells tells TG. “You just go as fast as you dare, and you can still slide it and donut it around like you can the normal 3-wheeler! The wind and the motor whirring, it’s a real experience. It sounds like a spaceship.”
Electric propulsion isn’t the only future tech being embraced in Malvern. There’s still wood at the EV3’s core, but it’s topped with carbon panels. Brass cooling fins, meanwhile, keep the battery at optimum temperature. The exhausts have been replaced with side pods that cool the electric motor, which lives behind the seats.
And the curious light arrangement? It’s a mixture of streamlining the front of the car, and providing a styling element now the shiny engine no longer sits proud up front.
“I started thinking about lighting, and I’m a big fan of classic motorcyles that have been converted from racing to road use,” Wells says. “Their headlights are put to one side on them so as not to ruin the aerodynamics. So that gave me the idea of the offset monocle, and Morgans have always been synonyms with slightly unusual headlight arrangements, so why not continue that trend!”
Another curiosity is the aeronautic-style magneto switch to operate the transmission, while Wells promises the EV3 remains a bespoke proposition. So you can still have natty war graphics down the side, should you so wish…
Its price is set to be in line with the petrol version, making it around £30,000, and the first 20 will be sold in Selfridges department store as part of a celebration of British craftsmanship. Unconventional to the last, then.
On which subject, we feel the looks may divide. So spill forth with your opinions below. Love or loathe it?