Two and a half years on from the first concept, the all-electric EV3 is at last on the cusp of becoming a production reality. Morgan announced today that it’ll be building the plug-in version of its 3-Wheeler from the third quarter of 2018, thanks to a partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems.
The latter company will be responsible for the powertrain, which will feature a 56bhp hooked up to a 21kWh lithium battery. Doesn’t sound like much, but we are talking about a car that could end up weighing less than 500kg.
As well as being - unsurprisingly - Morgan’s first electric production car, it’s also the Malvern-based firm’s first to feature composite body panels. Those, by the way, are apparently inspired by “1930s Aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons.” Quite an eclectic mix, then.
It has a lower centre of gravity than the V-twin-powered 3-Wheeler, and has a range of up to 120 miles. Which is arguably more than you’d ever want to do sitting aboard one of these cars, anyway.
What do you think of the EV3? Is it a curious slice of retro futurism, or an unholy marriage of past and present? Let us know in the comments…