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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Engineers work to develop electric sports car prototype

The Engineer
Aug 17, 2011

A high-performance electric sports car prototype is being developed by the Morgan Motor Company and a consortium of British technology specialists.

The Morgan +E programme is expected to deliver two engineering concept vehicles early in 2012. Both will be based on a development of Aero Supersport’s aluminium chassis with the 4.8-litre BMW V8 replaced by a new derivative of Zytek’s electric powertrain driving through a conventional manual gearbox.

‘This is an exciting investigation into the potential for a zero-emissions Morgan with near-supercar performance,’ said Steve Morris, Morgan’s operations director. ‘By working closely with Zytek and Radshape… we aim to make this a realistic concept that could lead to further developments if demand and other factors prove favourable.’

According to a statement, the prototype Morgan will use a new derivative of Zytek’s 70kW (94bhp) 300Nm electric powertrain. The unit will be installed in the transmission tunnel and will require additional connections for cooling water, high-voltage electrics and low-voltage electrics.

Power will come from a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack integrated into the vehicle’s aluminium structure. The powertrain and batteries will be mounted in a bonded and riveted aluminium chassis constructed by Radshape, based on modifications to the design already manufactured by the company for Morgan’s Supersports range.


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