Wooden-frame 46-kW electric 3-wheeler

June 6, 2016 | 00:00
Morgan EV3
Morgan EV3
Now approaching production, the Morgan Motor Company‘s EV3 is inspired by “1930s aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons.” The EV3 should cost around $50,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

The EV3 with its carbon fiber hood and aluminum panels laid over an ash wood frame, is based on Morgan’s standard 3-wheeler, so it still resembles an overturned bathtub. The single, offset headlight (yes, it “adds to the overall asymmetry”) sits above brass cooling fins that channel air to the 20-kilowatt hour lithium ion battery.

A liquid-cooled 46-kW motor drives the rear wheel, and the range is 150 miles. The vehicle weighs less than 500 kgs and achieves a top speed of 140 km/h.

Naught to 100 km/h is slow but still sensational without a windshield.  The EV3’s luggage space is probably limited to a 9 inch tablet and one copy of Elektor Magazine but what more can a sporting gentleman want?
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