British boutique carmaker Morgan presented a vehicle for the Geneva Motor Show that would put a smile on anyone’s face. The EV3 is based on the company’s existing three-wheeled retro model but touched-up with a couple of modern twists. This version of the 1930s and 40s design happens to be Morgan’s first plug-in electric vehicle with an electric motor driving the two front wheels and a set of lithium ion batteries.
“What if an all-electric vehicle was bespoke, hand-crafted and exhilarating to drive?” asked the company’s managing director Steve Morris. The EV3 happens to be the environmentally friendly answer.
Who needs windows, or even a roof for that matter? Just don on an aviator hat and a pair of goggles and you’ll be the envy of the road with your gallant steampunk style. Even with all the baggage from electric motors and battery packs, the EV3 manages its weight by looking to the present with carbon fiber. The car can hit 100km/h in under 9 seconds and has a top speed of 90mph (144km/h). This enables the car to travel 150 miles on a single charge, just like a Nissan Leaf.
Installed into the EV3, albeit tastefully surrounded with hand-cut wood, hand-formed aluminum and polished brass elements, is a basic infotainment system with a proper screen. Just set up those old jazz standards and you’ll be driving straight back into the past.
The EV3 is expected to cost around £27,000 (about $37,500). A small price to pay really for doing your part to save the planet and bringing some character back to the streets.
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