2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Morgan has converted the new V8-powered Plus 8 into the all-electric Plus E, as part of a demonstration project funded by the British government.
- Morgan said the car "could enter production if there is sufficient demand."
- The Morgan Plus E uses a 70kW motor from Zytek.
GENEVA — Morgan, the longtime British builder of traditional sports cars, has converted the new V8-powered Plus 8 into the all-electric Plus E, as part of a demonstration project funded by the U.K. government. Morgan said the car "could enter production if there is sufficient demand."
Unveiled here at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, the Plus E is the first of two battery-powered concept cars that Morgan is developing with electric-motor specialist Zytec.
The Plus E is fitted with Zytek's 70kW motor, which develops 221 pound-feet of torque and drives the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. Energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack.
Morgan operations director Steve Morris said: "We wanted to see how much fun you can have in an electric sports car, so we have built one to help us find out. The Plus E combines Morgan's traditional look with high-technology construction and a powertrain that delivers substantial torque instantly at any speed. With the manual gearbox to increase both touring range and driver involvement, it will be a fantastic car to drive."
The project is funded in part by a $157,000 grant from the U.K. government's Niche Vehicle Network program to promote the development and commercialization of new low-carbon vehicle technologies.
Edmunds.com says: Classic styling meets ultra-modern technology.