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The Morgan EV3 is electrifying traditionMorgan started making three-wheeled vehicles at its inception more than a century ago. Now it thinks this crazy little vehicle is going to start an electric revolution.
These lines your modern classic motoring just a little bit too enginey. If so, Morgan has something for you on that front. Meet the EV3. The all electric Morgan. Since launching the new Morgan three wheeler a few years ago, Morgan's budget model has found many fans, but news of Electric one got a few people very excited. For a company like Morgan, one rooted in the past, a concession to a technology like electric vehicles is a big one. Now this doesn't look like any Morgan I've seen before. So rather than have me bumble my way through an explanation, here's John Wells, Morgan's head of design to explain what he's done. So this is our new EV3 It's a completely electric vehicle and it's internally production in time. So this is more of an entering a world of ev vehicles. I mean for me the whole approach to this whole ev project at first, I'm some what worried to be honest, I mean the three winners such an impressive vehicles. The twin engine of the front and the noise or the drama and the way this engine is such a focal point of the car because of how it sounds and how it looks. So before I drove the car for the first time, I was a little apprehensive. But as soon as I did, I mean [INAUDIBLE] I completely changed my opinion of the cars in general almost. you can hear the wind as opposed to just the engine coming past your face. You stopped relying on listening to the rev of the engine to gauge a speed going in to a corner and you start feeling The effects of the torque a little bit perhaps. And the way the power was delivered. You've got no gear box, so it's not everything. Power which is quite similar to the UPE version. So straightaway I was excited. But the challenge was, of course, from the design point of view what do you do with this big niffin gaping hole in the front where you used to have a beautiful polished beast of an engine. I wanted the space of this car to be functional. Functional I think was the biggest challenge for me. And I started looking at all sorts of stuff. I knew there had to be an element of modernity to the design. Say modern design, we were looking at 1950s robots. That's modern for Morgan. So we're looking at 1950 cyclops robots, and then I got looking at other streamlined vehicles from the So I thought perhaps there's an opportunity here to build a classic car with some of that aerodynamic styling. but then of course these cars had a big grill, a big face, a big mouth, which you see on every vehicle on the road because they have an engine they need to feed with air. And we don't have that requirement on an electronic car. So I thought about What's perhaps the [UNKNOWN] this could be used for. Getting into this sort of engineering and technicalities of the car, speaking to the engineers. We soon learned that these batteries do actually require some cooling [UNKNOWN] to the motors. So quite quickly, this idea of having brass conductive cooling slats on the front of our car appeared, and all of a sudden we had purpose for this hold, this space, and the aerodynamic styling around On that what i particular enjoy is looking at plastic racing bikes. Very streamlined aerodynamic farings that have been converted to road use. And often the headlight opposed to spoiling that nose is put offset to one side. And then this idea of asymmetry combine with aerodynamics came into play. So one side of the car we completely streamlined we've got a very smooth flowing surface down the one side of the car. On the other side we have thing single monocle headlight We've got a [INAUDIBLE] we've got the drivers head, we've got a mirror, we've got a fly screen, we've got small graphics and this car is a completely different vehicle, it's completely asymmetric left to right. We had some challenges, the electric motor occupied the space where the [INAUDIBLE] box would have sat previously in the car. And forward of that where the gear box and engine would have been is now entirely occupied. But, So there were several packaging issues to overcome, a lot of which did grow the length of the nose at the front of the car, so again we had to do some quite complex styling to surround that. So this car for us almost isn't comparable to our RCE three wheeler. We've got every intention to carry on building the combustion three wheeler This is an entirely different car in many ways. And with it, we hope it will attract a slightly different demographic as well. Think a lot about customers that enjoy the fact that the car is completely handmade. It celebrates British craftsmanship. It uses real natural materials. And it is built to [INAUDIBLE] think those qualities need to remain. But we've actually decided to bring 19 of the first EV3s to market with a department store. So, we'll be working very closely with British retail partner salvages and these guys will be seen in Oxford streets and in the windows. And it's all part of a big celebration for us to celebrate British design and British craftsmanship and introduce this to new markets. [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] This is a normal [UNKNOWN] three wheeler. Where its electric counterpart has a [UNKNOWN] motor, this has a two liter v twin with around 115 horsepower. [INAUDIBLE] 62 takes somewhere around the six second mark. And its top speed is north of 100 miles an hour. Not that you'd want to find it. Fit. Because The sensation of speed in this thing is fantastic. I mean essentially I am in an upturned bathtub with an engine attached. But it's so low down you get the wind in your face and the noise and the sensation. The whole thing is just fantastic. Now as a proposition today, it is a little bit silly because There's no storage space and there's barely any room for people and it hasn't got a door. However, the original Morgan 3 Wheeler played an enormous part in getting Britain motoring. You see, in the early 20th century a chap called H.F.S. Morgan needed a way to get around the northern hills. Cars were a bit much and horses were outdated. Motorbikes had their place, but clearly weren't for him. So he got tinkering and made a three-wheel runabout. It was easy Need to maintain quick and technically a motorcycle. So you didn't need to tax it. Perfect for those who didn't fancy a bike but couldn't afford a car. HSSs runabout was enormously successful. The people loved it. It was built up until the 1950s when it became impractical to continue. The new car they started building in 2011. And yes, it's It's shape is very cute and it is a bit silly, but it's a wonderful reminder of how motoring used to be. And I tell you what, this is just fun. [LAUGH] Now the specs bit. The EV3 has an oil cooled electric motor and a 20 T kilowatt hour lithium battery. In all [INAUDIBLE] says it's got a dizzying 62 horse power, but it weighs just 500 kilos. So, it manages 124 break per ton. [INAUDIBLE] 62 takes nine seconds and it's top speed is around 90 miles an hour. However, it has been said that the performance is comparable to the [INAUDIBLE] powered car which is a fair bit quicker than that. They say it will be on sale until the end of this year. And priced comfortably to the petrol car as well and personally I can't wait to have a go.