Morgan Three-Wheeler goes electric for Goodwood

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The big V-twin engine hanging out front of the Morgan Three Wheeler in part defines the little trike's look. But Morgan is ditching the engine for an electric motor for the new EV3 concept debuting at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. While the one on display at the annual motoring event is just a prototype, Morgan actually plans to put this EV into production by the end of 2016.

The company is still keeping the full specs of the EV3 largely a secret, but this version might be an even better performer than its internal combustion counterpart. Power comes from a 101-horsepower electric motor powering the rear wheel, compared to 82 hp from the current 2.0-liter V-twin. Weight for the EV falls to a claimed 992 pounds, versus 1,157 pounds with the normal engine, and total range is expected to be around 150 miles.

An idea under consideration since last year, Morgan says that the EV3 is still under development, so these figures are likely subject to change. However, the extra power and lower weight could make the little car even more fun to zip around in. In addition to the standard look, check out the gallery above to see the company dress up the prototype in the style of a salt flats top speed racer.

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Morgan are excited to confirm that a prototype model electric 3 Wheeler, The EV3, will be shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.

The Morgan EV3 concept is the second full electric vehicle produced by the Morgan Motor Company. Following the Plus E, the EV3 is based on the standard Morgan 3 Wheeler that was reintroduced back in 2011. Bespoke to order, hand crafted and most of all fun, the EV3 looks at the world of zero emissions motoring with an entirely new approach. Morgan is excited to announce that this prototype version is currently undertaking a full testing and development programme and is expected to go into production towards the end of 2016. A single rear electric motor provides 75kw of power and the overall weight is less than its combustion based counterpart at 450kg. Range is expected to be approximately 150 miles.

The EV3 first prototype will be on show later this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as part of the Niche Vehicle Network stand (Permier row, stand 7).

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