Mor­gan gets funds to build elec­tric 3- wheeler

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC -

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Mor­gan is al­ready tak­ing or­ders for the elec­tric three- wheeler it plans to built from 2017.

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