Morgan develops

electric prototype

Morgan XP-1, 2023, front
Morgan XP-1, 2023, side
Morgan XP-1, 2023, rear
Morgan XP-1, 2023, interior
Morgan XP-1, 2023, instrument panel
Morgan XP-1, 2023, side, detail

A SPECIAL version of the Morgan Super 3 three-wheeler has been developed by the Malvern-based company as a prototype for future electric models.

Referred to as the XP-1, the experimental prototype will provide key information to the engineers and designers at Morgan as they embark on creating the company's first production electric models.

Developed over the past 12 months by Morgan's team of engineers the XP-1 is based on Super 3's aluminium platform.

The prototype is not intended for production but has been created to enhance thinking in several key areas including driving characterisation, powertrain development, in-house EV competence and training, and new feature ideation and testing.

The XP-1 will now embark on a comprehensive testing programme during the next 18-24 months, undergoing continual evolution to test new technology and features.

Matt Hole, chief technical officer, at the Morgan Motor Company, said: "We are immensely proud to be sharing XP-1 with the world and showcasing some of the first class engineering that takes place behind the scenes at Morgan. As we embark on our electric journey, this prototype will become a focal point of the engineering and design process, providing a wealth of insight and helping to build up our in-house EV capability.

"We are in no doubt that we can ensure future electric Morgan sports cars retain the core appeal of our current range, meaning they are fun to drive, lightweight, handcrafted and bespoke."

The car marks the first time Morgan has produced a powertrain for one of its vehicles - previous models used engines supplied by the likes of Ford and BMW - and work has taken place at the factory to accommodate the necessary engineering.

The XP-1 uses lightweight and aerodynamic construction to aid efficiency and it is is also the first ever Morgan to be fitted with an electronic park brake.

A bespoke interior display allows for user interface experimentation and the XP-1's display will continually evolve, allowing engineers and designers to gather feedback on how users interact with the vehicle, and the best way to communicate key vehicle information in future sports cars.

Other experimental features include external charge level indicator LEDs surrounding the front cowl and new aerodynamic wheel trims.

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