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Morgan chooses Potenza for EV3 programme
Coventry-based Potenza to build and install battery for electric Morgan EV3
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What's all this about?

Morgan is pressing on with that electric version of the 3 Wheeler we saw at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. It's called the EV3.

And what's the latest on the EV3?

New members have been added to Morgan's R&D Engineering team at its Malvern base, while the historic car maker has selected Potenza Ltd, of Coventry, to handle the EV3's battery and electrical system requirements.

Which are...?

Potenza will be building and installing a 120-volt lithium-ion battery (rated at 20kWh) and the attendant high-voltage wiring required into the EV3s at its factory in the West Midlands. Two prototypes are currently being bolted together at Morgan's HQ

Can you just go over the specs of the EV3, please?

Sure. That battery powers a 46kW (62hp) liquid-cooled electric motor that drives the solitary rear wheel. Morgan, famed for producing traditional cars with a lot of wood in their chassis, has gone all 21st Century on us this time around and will be using carbon fibre in the EV3's construction. That means it should weigh less than half a tonne, leading to a 0-62mph time of less than nine seconds, a top speed of around 90mph, a pure-electric range of 150 miles on a charge and - Morgan claims - the same sort of 'exhilarating driving experience' as you get out of one of its V-twin petrol 3 Wheelers.

Has working with electric power fazed Morgan so far?

Not really, although the new recruits have helped the company adapt. Allow John Beech, Morgan's chief engineer, to explain: "Working with this new technology has required a totally different approach and an expansion in our team. Bringing the tradition of Morgan together with a modern twist has opened up our vehicles to a completely new client base."

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