It appears that Morgan wants to take the green path as the British sports car manufacturer revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show the Plus E Concept. The new car is powered by a new derivative of Zytek's 70kW (94bhp) 300Nm electric engine, mounted in the transmission tunnel and mated to a conventional five-speed manual gearbox. When the clutch pedal is pressed, electronic controls automatically match motor revs to the output shaft speed to ensure a perfect change. According to the manufacturer, the Plus E Concept is able to travel for up to 120 miles or 193 km on a single charge.
The engine delivers 120 kW or 160 hp and 380 Nm of torque and is able to push the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6 seconds while the top speed is limited to 115 mph (185 km/h). Still, we must not forget that the Plus E is just a concept but Morgan promises that if the customers want it, they will get it.
Morgan’s operations director Steve Morris said: "We wanted to see how much fun you can have in an electric sports car, so we have built one to help us find out. The Plus E combines Morgan's traditional look with high-technology construction and a powertrain that delivers substantial torque instantly at any speed. With the manual gearbox to increase both touring range and driver involvement, it will be a fantastic car to drive."