Morgan XP-1 Is a New Three-Wheeled Electric Experiment

a three wheeled car prototype
Morgan Has a New Three-Wheeled Electric ExperimentMorgan Motor Company

If you like the aesthetic of vintage British cars but don’t want to trifle with those pesky old parts, Morgan Motor Company is calling your name. The U.K.-based small-batch automaker on Wednesday unveiled the XP-1, its new EV development vehicle.

Alas, the XP-1 isn’t meant for production, the company says. It’s going to be a rolling guinea pig for Morgan’s design, engineering, and manufacturing teams to explore what is possible on the all-electric side. Based on its Super 3 aluminum platform, the team just completed a 12-month design and build process and will now move to a testing program for the next year and a half to two years.

a three wheeled vehicle with a side mirror
Morgan Motor Company

The automaker prides itself on making lightweight vehicles. It makes only one vehicle for the U.S. market currently, the Super 3, a quirky throwback three-wheeler. The Super 3 weighs only 1,400 pounds and its Ford 1.5-liter three-cylinder naturally aspirated powerplant makes a little over 116 horsepower.

This isn't the first time we've seen an electric three-wheeler from Morgan. The British automaker unveiled a concept called the EV3 at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016. At the time Morgan claimed the EV would have a 20-kWh battery pack and a 62-horsepower. Though the project was teased for a few years, the car never officially made it to market.

Morgan says it will be shoring up its staff numbers to support the XP-1, training its craftspeople in high voltage systems handling and charging infrastructure installation.
This project is definitely in its nascent stage, but the company is planning to showcase it at various events in the coming year.

a car on display
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