19.12.2017Morgan EV3 production plans confirmed with new deal
Morgan has announced a technical partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems that enables the all-electric EV3 to go into production next year.
The Morgan EV3 will be built at the company's Malvern factory, with production to start in Autumn 2018. A range of 120 miles is quoted thanks to a 21 kWh battery, powering a liquid-cooled 34.8kW eletric motor, which drives the rear wheel.
Designed to reflect Morgan's past racing cars, the distinctively-styled EV3 promises one of the most exciting driving experiences of any EV on the market. Morgan's first all-electric car is also the first to use composite body panels, which helps keep weight and the centre of gravity low. A stiffer chassis and stronger architecture will be developed, to help deal with increased levels of torque.
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 Morganâ€™s first entrance to the world of EV being incredibly rewarding, but moreover sets the scene for many exciting future opportunities."
Noamaan Siddiqi, Business Development Director, Frazer-Nash Energy Systems said: "The EV3 plays an important role in Morgan's future strategy. Achieving Zero Emissions using electrification is a requirement no manufacturer can afford to ignore. Morgan has always embraced the latest technology within its vehicles to ensure it can continue to build relevant hand-crafted British sports cars.
"At Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, we appreciate the heritage and craft that Morgan brings to the world of EV technology and we in turn will bring decades of EV expertise to ensure that EV3 customers will receive a car that is reliable, proven and exhilarating to drive, a thoroughbred Morgan.
"We are very pleased to be able to provide energy management and propulsion systems to the EV3. A lightweight, spirited driving experience beneath a coach-built body is key to the identity of any Morgan. This remains a core focus throughout the development of the EV3."