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Morgan EV3 (2018): three-wheeler with electric drive

Guido ten Brink /SB-Medien
Morgan EV3 (2018)
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W egen alleged problems with the development partner Frazer-Nash, the British carmaker has decided tomorrow to put tomorrow's EV3 on hold for the time being. Frazer-Nash appears to be insolvent and so apparently cannot meet its obligations to Morgan, reports British media. The 100 or so customers who have already paid down for their electric tricycle should get their money back. The British left it open whether the electric three-wheeler project would ever be launched again.

Review of the EV3 project

The three-wheeler, which celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016 , should keep its classic shape despite the electric drive. The original plan was to bring the electric tricycle onto the market at the end of 2016. Even this date could not be kept and the market launch was postponed indefinitely. Most recently, the British named the 3rd quarter of 2018 as the start date. In addition, the new development partner was presented at the time. Frazer-Nash was to supply the electric propulsion system for the EV3. The key data for the electric drive have also been corrected.

Morgan EV3 with a range of 200 km

The archaic V2 motor of the conventional three-wheeler should give way to a modern electric motor. While a liquid-cooled 46 kW motor was planned in the start-up phase, a 34.8 kW motor was provided that only drives the rear wheel. The energy should be provided by a 21 kWh (previously: 20 kWh) lithium-ion battery. The Morgan EV3 weighing just under 500 kilograms should accelerate from zero to 100 km /h in just under 9 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 km /h. The range with one battery charge was given as around 200 (previously: 240 km).

The Morgan EV3 is based on a steel tubular space frame, on which sits, as usual, a wooden frame that is covered for the first time with panels made of carbon fiber laminate .

The appearance of the Morgan EV3 is largely based on the well-known three-wheeler. Since the front has to do without the style-defining V2, a radiator grille and a third headlight characterize the look. Morgan successfully mixes retro elements with modern digital displays on the dashboard - embedded in fine wood and aluminum. The rear wheel will stand more freely, the fittings work digitally.

There are no exact figures for the price, but the Morgan EV should be almost on par with theconventionally driven three-wheelers.

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