Gallery: Morgan Announces Plans for High-Performance Electric Sports Ca...

 

While driving fast cars is fun, it would be even more enjoyable if they ran on clean alternative energy. With that in mind, the Morgan Motor Company and a consortium of British technology specialists are developing a new, high-performance electric sportscar prototype. The Morgan +E programme will deliver two engineering concept vehicles in early 2012 based on the proven Aero Supersport’s aluminium chassis. Partly funded by a £100,000 grant from the Niche Vehicle Network CR&D Programme, the new electric sportscar will promote “the development and application of new technology to take advantage of the increasing market opportunities for lower carbon vehicles”.

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  1. Zeppflyer August 19, 2011 at 9:01 am

    The jury’s still out on whether a manual gearbox can be of use in an electric vehicle or not. Full torque at 0 RPM means that you really don’t need one to get started or accelerate. The only reason for one is that efficiency of an electric motor does drop as speed climbs, so it can be worthwhile to have a high range gear to allow the motor to operate at lower RPM’s when the car is running fast. However, if you just drive the car in town or on a crowded commute, the extra weight of the gearbox, the couple percentage points of efficiency that you lose by running the power through it, and the added complexity make it a losing proposition.

    In a car built for speed and fun, though, it might be worth it. :)

  2. caeman August 19, 2011 at 8:09 am

    THAT, my friends, is what a car should look like. That is automotive sexiness. The Yaris? Blech! If all EVs looked this sexy, people would abandon gas cars in huge numbers.

    It is unfortunate that most all modern cars are bulbous blobs of ugly metal.

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