Two companies have teamed up to offer us a pleasant surprise.
On one hand there is Morgan, that it is not necessary to present and in front, there is Zytek Automotive, specializing in electric powertrains.
Having started to develop electric sport-cars in 1997 with an electrified Lotus Elise.Zytek, which also provides elements for the Smart ForTwo ED and the KERS technology in Formula 1, decided to prove that current technology and advances allow to provide a green and performant alternative to the classic V8.
By early next year, two prototypes based on the Morgan Aero will be released to be tested.
"Under the hood" or more likely in the structure of the vehicle we will find one (or more) electric motors derived from the current E-Zytek Drive which develops 70kW (95hp) and 300Nm of torque, compact, they are fitted in the transmission tunnel! Yes, you read "transmission tunnel", the major difference of this concept compared with current electric prototypes is that it keeps its original transmission.
Indeed it was recently shown (Antonov gearbox
) that gears could improve performance and efficiency of electric vehicles.
The lithium-ion battery is placed into the aluminum frame of the car, in the heart of the chassis, reviewed by Radshape which originally provided the chassis of the Aero 8.
Simple concept-cars or first electric Morgans? I suggest you read the following, a quote from Steve Morris, Director of Operations at Morgan to understand that if the vehicles are enough performant and receive a warm welcome from the public and customers, we could see electric Morgans on our roads in a near future!
“By working closely with Zytek and Radshape, who already have considerable expertise in this field, we aim to make this a realistic concept that could lead to further developments if demand and other factors prove favourable.”