Known around the world for its unique lineup of retro-flavored roadsters and coupes, England’s Morgan Motors has proven it’s not as old-fashioned as it may initially seem by introducing an experimental electric version of the 3-Wheeler dubbed EV3.
The EV3 is the company’s second all-electric vehicle. Still at the prototype stage of development, it is powered by a small electric motor that zaps the lone rear wheel with 101 horsepower, 20 more than the gasoline-powered 3-Wheeler’s 2.0-liter V-twin engine. Accelerating from zero to 62 mph takes a little over six seconds, and top speed is reached at 155 mph.
The electric motor is lighter than the V-twin, which partially helps offset the weight added by the battery pack. When all is said and done, the EV3 tips the scale at 1,212 pounds, just 55 more than the regular 3-Wheeler. It can be driven for up to 150 miles on a single charge, and topping up the pack takes four hours.
The 3-Wheeler’s V-twin engine is mounted in between the front wheels so Morgan had to re-design the entire front end. The electric model gets a wide radiator grille that helps cool the battery pack and a mysterious brown box where the engine once was. The real estate freed up by removing the V-twin also lets on-lookers admire the EV3’s suspension, braking and steering components.
Front end aside, the EV3 is all but identical to the 3-Wheeler inside and out. The prototype is painted in a model-specific shade of silver with orange and black accents, and the seats are upholstered in brown diamond-quilted leather upholstery.
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The EV3 is a concept in name only, and Morgan has confirmed the battery-powered trike is scheduled to join its lineup in Europe before the end of next year. It will cost about the same as a gasoline-powered 3-Wheeler, which starts at £25,950 (nearly $41,000) in England, but it will be a built-to-order model, at least until Morgan accurately gauges customer demand.