All-electric Morgan EV3 begins production in 2018

Morgan Motor Company announces a technical partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems as the all-electric Morgan EV3 enters production next year. The EV3 embraces new technology while delivering the raw driving experience and traditional British craftsmanship synonymous with every Morgan.

The partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems allows the EV3 an all-new architecture, incorporating components already well proven on road vehicles plus fast charging technology, proven reliability, lower center of gravity, more significant levels of torque and improved acceleration

The EV3 is Morgan’s first production all-electric car and the first Morgan to utilize composite panels in the body construction. The EV3 will have a driving range of 120 miles and will offer the same exhilarating driving experience as the gasoline version.

The design is inspired by 1930s Aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles, and 1950s fantasy automatons. The EV3 will go into production in the 3rd quarter of 2018 at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory following the completion of the model’s rigorous test and development programme.

The EV3 extends Morgan’s genuinely unique offering. Industry-leading EV technology combines with a lightweight coach-built body to offer an unparalleled mix of craftsmanship and technology.

First revealed in 2016, the head-turning EV3 signaled the British marque’s first production entrance into the world of all-electric propulsion, following the Plus E concept in 2012. Working with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems means that the EV3 will have higher performance with rapid charging technology, proven reliability, a lower center of gravity and higher acceleration over what was previously expected.

As a result of the partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, the production EV3 will feature all-new, more robust architecture, more significant levels of torque, a stiffer chassis and underslung battery beneath the skin. Encased within the tubular space frame chassis is a 21 kWh Lithium Battery and a liquid-cooled 34.8kW (41.8kW peak) FN A010229 motor driving the rear wheel of the vehicle.

Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, Steve Morris, said: “We are delighted to announce our technical partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems as we enter this exciting phase of the Morgan EV3 production. We have been working closely on optimizing the Morgan EV3’s architecture in every way to develop a car which will offer proven reliability, driving range, and cooling performance, combined with the pure driving experience that is expected of every hand-crafted Morgan.”

“The greatest challenge lies in introducing EV technology into our factory workflows, 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 vehicle will result in Morgan’s first entrance into the world of EV being incredibly rewarding, but moreover sets the scene for many exciting future opportunities.”

Business Development Director for Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, Noamaan Siddiqi, 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 strategy remains a core focus throughout the development of the EV3.”

About Morgan Motor Company

Morgan Motor Company is a family owned, British manufacturer of hand-crafted sports cars. Located at their factory in Malvern Link, UK, the world-famous Morgan cars offer a unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship, and performance. Morgan remains the oldest privately-owned motor manufacturer in the world – handcrafting coach-built traditional British sports cars within the marketplace.

Morgan has built on a successful 12 months of sales, production, and development in 2016, and continues to strengthen in 2017. Now in its 108th year of manufacturing, the British company built 750 vehicles last year, 70% exported through 60 official dealerships in 32 countries.

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