Morgan’s electric evolution: Introducing the XP-1 three-wheeler prototype

Morgan, the esteemed British sports car manufacturer, has taken a significant step towards an electrified future with the unveiling of its latest electric prototype, the XP-1 three-wheeler. This move signifies Morgan’s ongoing commitment to electric vehicle (EV) technology, an initiative that began with the Plus E’s debut in 2012 and continued with the EV3 roadster showcased at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The XP-1 emerges as an experimental prototype, serving as a foundational test mule for future electric sports cars by Morgan. It is built upon the monocoque chassis of the Super 3, which was introduced last year and recently marked its U.S. debut at the Bridge Golf Club in Long Island.

Currently, the XP-1 boasts a 100-kW motor nestled within its central tunnel, delivering a robust 340 Nm (250 lb.ft) of torque. The vehicle’s power is supplied by a 33-kWh battery, estimated to offer approximately 150 miles (240 km) of range per charge. In line with modern EV standards, the prototype supports CCS-enabled fast charging and bi-directional charging capabilities.

The XP-1 serves as a rolling test bed for testing and shaping the future electric models of Morgan. Images courtesy Morgan Motor

Notably, the XP-1 incorporates an external battery status indicator around the front cowl and is the first Morgan model to feature an electronic parking brake. In an effort to enhance efficiency and range, the vehicle has undergone a front-end redesign, achieving a 33% reduction in drag. This aerodynamic improvement is complemented by aerodynamic wheel trims, contributing to the prototype’s sleek design and performance.

The XP-1 prototype is constructed using the monocoque chassis from the Super 3, a petrol-powered three-wheel roadster.

The XP-1’s weight remains comparable to the production car it’s based on, maintaining Morgan’s commitment to lightweight vehicle design. The prototype also features a central digital display, currently focused on user interface (UI) development, displaying crucial information such as remaining charge, estimated range, speed, and sensor data.

This electric prototype has been in development for the past year and is set to undergo rigorous testing and refinement over the next 18-24 months. While the XP-1 itself is not destined for production, it plays a critical role as a “rolling lab” for electrification development and as a training platform for Morgan’s workforce.

The front end has been redesigned for improved aerodynamic efficiency.

Matt Hole, the Chief Technology Officer at Morgan, emphasized the importance of the XP-1 in the company’s electric journey. He stated, “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. We will be relentless in our pursuit of preserving these characteristics for our customers for generations to come.”

The XP-1 prototype will undergo comprehensive testing and continued development over the coming two years.

Pricing information for any future production models derived from the XP-1 prototype has not been disclosed at this stage, as the focus remains firmly on development and testing. However, Morgan’s commitment to blending traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology promises an exciting future for enthusiasts of the brand.

A bespoke digital dash, which will continually evolve, allows for UI experimentation.

Source: Morgan Motor

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