+VIDEO Two famous, historic British motor industry names have come together for the launch of the Morgan EV3 electric three-wheeler.
Morgan and Frazer-Nash, once a maker of sports cars and now energy systems, are to start a technical partnership.
The Morgan EV3 is splendidly eccentric, combining with a lightweight coach-built body inspired by ‘1930s aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons’. It will be Morgan’s first production electric vehicle.
“Working with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems means that the EV3 will have greater performance with rapid charging technology, proven reliability, a lower centre of gravity and greater acceleration over and above what was previously expected.” said the company.
Encased within the EV3’s tubular space frame chassis is a 21KWh lithium battery and a liquid-cooled 34.8kW (41.8kW peak) motor driving the rear wheel. The EV3 will have a range of 120 miles and is expected to have comparable performance figures to its petrol sibling.
Steve Morris, managing director of Morgan Motor Company, said: “We are delighted to announce our technical partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems as we enter this exciting phase of EV3 production. We have been working closely on optimising the EV3’s architecture in every way to develop a car which will offer proven reliability range and cooling performance, combined with the pure driving experience that is expected of every hand-crafted Morgan.
“The greatest challenge lies within introducing EV technology into our factory work flows, customer experience and supporting dealer network in a robust and most importantly safe manner.
“Frazer-Nash Energy Systems offer us every confidence in achieving this. This will result in Morgan’s first entrance to the world of EV being incredibly rewarding, but moreover sets the scene for many exciting future opportunities.”