Morgan teams up with Zytek and Radshape to build an electric sportscar

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 17, 2011

Zytek and Radshape have teamed up with Morgan on a project to create a prototype electric sportscar based on the Supersports chassis. Morgan is working with this group of British technology specialists to develop an electric sportscar concept.

The Morgan +E programme aims to build two electric concepts, which will be launched next year. They are set to replace the 4.8 litre BMW V8 with Zytek’s high power-density electric powertrain that distributes power through a regular gearbox.

Steve Morris, Morgan’s Operations Director, said that this is “an exciting investigation” into the possibility of building a zero-emissions Morgan with a performance that’s nearly at the same levels as a supercar.

He said that the company is working with British experts Zytek and Radshape to make a “realistic concept” that pave the way for more developments if there’s a demand for it and if other factors favor it. The prototype Morgan will feature a new derivative of Zytek’s current 70kW (equivalent to 94 bhp) 300Nm electric powertrain, which is being distributed to US vehicle manufacturers.

This compact, lightweight unit will be built in the transmission tunnel and will need three additional connections (cooling water, high voltage electrics and low voltage electrics).

Steve Tremble, Zytek’s sales and marketing director, said that one of his reasons for being a part of the consortium is to demonstrate how easy it is for the company’s technology to be used with a rear-wheel drive platform.

Topics: morgan, electric car

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