Morgan gets funds to build electric 3- wheeler
ENGLAND’S nostalgic trike- car builder, Morgan, will start building hybrid and electric cars from 2019.
The company has received a total of £ 6 million ( over R141 million) in funding from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre, the UK- based Delta Motorsport and Potenza Technology, on the conditions that the funds be spent on expanding Morgan’s research and development de- partment, the hiring of new workers, and boosting its annual production capacity.
Morgan MD Steve Morris said in a statement: “This is a very exciting project for us. We have been involved in the research and development of new propulsion technology since the inception of the LifeCar project almost 10 years ago. We are now ready to develop the best hybrid and electric drive- train solutions for pro- duction implementation before the end of the decade.
“We expect the project to deliver growth and employment benefits here at Morgan and in our partner companies, but equally it will broaden the appeal of the Morgan brand and attract new customers in our key markets.”
The first regular- production electric model in Morgan’s lineup will be the production version of the three- wheeler- based EV3 concept that was shown last summer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Set to go on sale before the end of the year, the electric Morgan EV3 is powered by a 75 kW electric motor that’s mounted over the rear wheel, and it is able to drive for up to 240 km on a single charge. It hits 60 km; h in under 10 seconds and has top speed of over 129 km/ h.
— Wheels Reporter.
Morgan is already taking orders for the electric three- wheeler it plans to built from 2017.