The Morgan EV3: A Steampunk Approach to Electric Cars

Morgan Motor Co.

Source: Morgan Motor Co.

Steampunk has to be one of the most badass things to come out of modern culture. As we compare classics like the Morgan 4/4 to modern iterations, it indicates that retro styling will continue to have an appeal that never fades. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, steampunk is a sub-genre that takes 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery and early 20th century design and blends them together with modern engineering to make a product. Just re-watch Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow or Hugo, and you’ll catch our drift. Which leads us to the strange little contraption seen here: the Morgan EV3.

After making its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the EV3 has successfully shaken the world’s notion of what zero emissions motoring could look like. Part kit car, part reverse trike, part plug-in retro rocket ship, this low-slung British contraption looks like it was designed in the 1930s and just recently was rediscovered in a crate somewhere prior to being put on display.

Morgan EV3

Source: Morgan Motor Co.

“The EV3 embraces new technology, delivers responsible driving excitement, and continues to celebrate traditional British craftsmanship,” Morgan said.

Weighing in at just a hair over 1,000 pounds, this all-electric three wheeler is a sleek homage to 1930s aeroengine race cars, classic motorcycles, and 1950s fantasy automatons, but with modern performance and safety upgrades in tow. Engine, suspension, brakes, and key composite pieces are all modern, and the EV3 offers a range of 150 miles and can hit 62 miles per hour in less than nine seconds before going on to a top speed of 90.

All of this is made possible by a lightweight tubular framed chassis that houses a 20KWh lithium battery and an oil-cooled 46kW motor that drives the single rear wheel. It marks the first time Morgan has utilized composite carbon panels in body construction, and things like the bonnet, tonneau cover, and side pods are all made by hand out of the lightweight material. Everything on this car is handmade, and in true retro fashion, the entire frame of this trike is made out of wood that has been hand-carved out of the sturdiest ash trees.