first look full reveal from Morgan today ahead of the Goodwood Festival of Speed: the iconic Three-Wheeler in electric form!
Dubbed the EV3, this prototype is on the way to production with a weight loss of nearly 200-pounds versus the gasoline model, plus a much sportier handling balance.
Why such a change in dynamics versus the normal 3 Wheeler? That model's highly unusual engine placement ahead of the front axle creates some quite extreme forces on the chassis in hard driving. That huge polar movement around bends is part of what makes the 3 Wheeler such a joy to drive and drift -- but is not the fastest possible configuration.
The EV3's 75kW motor on the back wheel is powered by batteries living throughout the lower floorpan of the alloy roadster -- creating a much purer front/rear distrubtion and promising quicker laptimes via added grip around corners.
The motor roughly converts to about 100 horsepower, which might seem low... until you realize the EV3 weighs less than some sectional sofas. Just 900-pounds is the quote for the EV3 prototype, which is down from a 1050-pound for the standard car.
Traction for sprints like the 60-mph run will still be a joyful challenge, thanks to the instant EV torque arrival. But with that all-new balance and much lower center of gravity, the EV3 will likely be even more fun and hilarious to pilot than the petrol machine.
In addition, the rear tire of the EV3 appears to be much wider than the gas model's drive rubber. A 60-mph time of less than four seconds is confirmed.
Design-wise, the removal of the piston engine from the front bumper (and exhaust pipes from the side) brings out the natural streamliner style of the 3 Wheeler shockingly well. The Bonneville salt flats racer rendering is a particular favorite. We hope Morgan picks some cool and slim LED headlamps for the production car -- for the sake of style as well as energy efficiency.
Morgan hopes for a minimum range of 150 miles when the first cars arrive with owners in late 2016 as a 2017 model.
This EV model is a nice development of the Morgan offering, especially in the USA. The 3 Wheeler is the only brand-new Morgan currently on sale in the states, but will hopefully be joined by the new Aero 8 and Speedster in the next few years.