Morgan Roadster going electric
About a hundred years ago, a man named Morgan started a car company and his family has been running it, through successive generations, since. With a reputation as the oldest classic automaker of premier, hand-made vehicles in the United Kingdom, the British company has never found it difficult to keep themselves quietly at the forefront with automotive fans.
But with gas prices going higher and a need to shake things up once in a while, Morgan has stepped out with something exciting: a new take on their classic Roadster saloon. It's going electric.
Set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show next month, the long-bodied coupe will be powered not by a signature Morgan huge displacement engine, but by batteries and an electric motor. Morgan is calling the car the Plus E concept. Gone will be the 4.8-liter BMW V8 and in will be a 70kW motor and batteries, thanks to Morgan's friends at Zytek.
Full specifications haven't been released yet, but one tidbit of interesting information has been given: the rear-wheel-driven Roadster will remain so and will thus retain its manual gearbox. That means the Plus E will be one of the first electric vehicles made by an automaker that includes a manual transmission - likely the only one.