British Morgan belongs to the niche manufacturers and although the term has now become “dangerously” widened, the mere fact that its most famous model is the 3Wheeler, for the uninitiated, a three-wheeled model with a tubular frame, a hybrid between a motorcycle and a quadricycle , with a design left over from a bygone era that taxed tricycles over four wheels.
Even though the days when it was built as a trike for tax reasons are long gone, Morgan has stuck with that pattern, making the 3Wheeler one of the most iconic vehicles to own to this day. Now, however, the British brand is taking its first steps towards the new electric era, sticking to the characteristic design of the 3Wheeler but equipping it with an “electric heart”.
The Morgan XP-1 as it is called the second in line after the electric coupe Project V, British electric project has the status of the experimental prototype, and is based on the Super 3. However in this case the Ford engine is replaced by a purely electric set. Notably, the electric motor has been designed by Morgan itself and is placed in the existing transmission tunnel.
The power of the motor is set at 136 hp while it is powered by a 33 kWh battery that is located under the hood, taking the place where the internal combustion engine would normally be. With a fully charged battery, the XP-1 can travel up to 241 km. The battery can support rapid charging with a power of up to 50 kW – it has a 400 Volt circuit – but can also be used to charge other devices.
It should also be noted that the XP-1 has a total weight of 700 kg, only 60 kg more than the gasoline-powered Super 3, while, thanks to targeted interventions carried out in the lower part, the newly designed wheels and its appearance, the aerodynamic coefficient of the electric version has been reduced from 0.65 to 0.42 in favor of efficiency.
In order to handle the extra power and especially the immediacy of the torque output the Morgan XP-1 benefits from adjustable Nitron shocks but a different setup. At the same time, the electric three-wheeler has four driving programs which Morgan has chosen to mark cutely with icons of hot peppers that, depending on the choice, increase or decrease in number, on the central screen that takes over the role of the instrument panel.
At the moment, the British brand does not reveal its plans for the subsequent corresponding production version, but this should be taken for granted, as well as the fact that it will cost even more than the approximately 50,000 euros of the “conventional” Super 3.