Morgan Motor Company and Frazer Nash Energy Systems announced last 19th December their technical partnership, that will involve the new architecture, incorporation of components already tested on road and fast charging technology of the new Morgan EV3, that will entry in serial production on 2018.
The new pure electric Morgan EV3 will also add industry-leading EV technology combines with a lightweight coach-built body to offer an unparalleled mix of craftsmanship and technology.
Inspired by 1930s Aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons, the EV3 embraces new technology while delivering the raw driving experience and traditional British craftsmanship synonymous with every Morgan.
EV3 model has been unveiled in 2016 and it’s the first electric car in production from the Britains marque, following the Plus E concept that has been shown in 2012.
The technical agreement with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems means that Morgan EV3 will have greater performance with fast charging technology, proven reliability, a lower centre of gravity and greater acceleration over and above what was previously expected.
The production EV3 will also feature greater 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. The EV3 will have a range of 120 miles and as in every Morgan, will offer exhilarating driving experience that has never previously been associated with electric vehicles. The production EV3 is anticipated to have comparable performance figures to its petrol sibling.
Production will begin in last 2018 at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory following the completion of the model’s rigorous test and development programme.
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 optimizing 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 Morgan’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.