But there could be a silver lining.
Morgan is a small, UK-based automaker that builds low-volume sports cars, so it isn't often that we talk about the company's latest projects. But a few years ago, Morgan teased an electric three-wheeler called the EV3 that we thought could be pretty cool. Sadly, the project faced supplier issues and according to Autoblog, the car has been scrapped entirely. Morgan will continue to sell the gas-powered Three-Wheeler, which uses a V-twin engine paired with the manual transmission from a Mazda MX-5 Miata.
But the EV3's death doesn't mean Morgan has given up completely on building electric cars. In fact, the company is more dedicated than ever. "We have two EV-trained technicians in our development team, which, without saying a great deal, tells you a lot about our commitment to electric technology," said Jonathan Wells, Morgan's lead designer.
The EV3 was originally set to use components from another UK-based company called Frazer-Nash Energy Systems but when the firm was no longer able to fulfill the terms of the contract, the project fell apart. Morgan will now attempt to learn from the EV3 project by building its own in-house electric technology.
"We learned a great deal from the EV3 program, and that's really fueling future project generations and future projects that are in play at the moment," Wells explained. "Our previous platform would have required quite a lot of work to satisfy impending legislation, the drive towards alternative propulsion types, and safety systems that are coming online. We recognized we needed a new platform."
Morgan has recently developed a new CX-Generation bonded aluminum platform, which is used on the Plus Six and the recently-revealed Plus Four. Both of these cars are currently powered by BMW engines but both were designed to accommodate electrification. This could come in the form of hybrid technology or perhaps a fully electric drivetrain. "We're keeping an eye on the future, and we'll be ready for it when it arrives," Wells hinted.