Morgan is set to create two electric sport car concepts by teaming with EV technology company Zytek.
Morgan is set to create two new electric sports car concepts based on the Supersports in collaboration with electric engine technology company Zytek. The plan is to reveal both of them in early 2012. The projects dubbed Morgan +E, will be based around the Aero Supersport aluminum chassis, but the 4.8-liter BMW V8 engine will be replaced with a form of Zytek's high power-density electric motor. The concepts will also feature a standard manual transmission.
Zytek is already making a 94hp, 221 lb-ft of torque electric powertrain for other cars such as the Smart ED. Power for the Morgan concepts will come from lithium-ion batteries mounted into the aluminum chassis that will be built by Radtek. According to Morgan's operation director, Steve Morris: "This is an exciting investigation into the potential for a zero-emissions Morgan with near supercar performance...we aim to make this a realistic concept that could lead to further developments if demand and other factors prove favourable."
Morgan looks forward to the collaboration and believes it will make this a realistic concept that could lead to further developments if demand proves to be favorable. Morgan's project is being partially funded by a £100,000 grant from CENEX, a company that runs research and design projects and wants to increase market opportunities for zero-emission transport. The partnership hopes both concepts will begin testing in early 2012.