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Morgan Builds Electric

Posted by on Thursday, March 8, 2012 in News

Anyone who’s ever floored the accelerator in an EV knows the meaning of torque. It’s all right here, right now, allowing even an utterly pedestrian ride like the Nissan Leaf to provide an entertaining kick from a stop.

Having all your torque available at 1 rpm largely negates the need for multiple gear ratios, which is how even an electric sports car like the Tesla Roadster makes do with a single reduction gear. But this isn’t keeping our retro-loving mates atMorgan Motor Co.from bolting a five-speed box to the electric motor in the Morgan Plus E.

“We wanted to see how much fun you can have in an electric sportscar, so we have built one to help us find out,” Morgan operations director Steve Morris said in a statement. “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.”

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