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Unveiling the Morgan XP-1: A Lightweight Electric Marvel

09 Dec 2023
  • What are the specifications of the Morgan XP-1?
  • What are the design features of the Morgan XP-1?

Morgan Motor Company, renowned for its classic yet innovative automotive creations, has taken a bold step into the electric vehicle (EV) realm with the introduction of the Morgan XP-1. This experimental prototype is not just a mere adaptation of an existing model; it represents Morgan's first foray into in-house powertrain development, boasting an all-electric heart that promises an exhilarating and eco-friendly driving experience.

Powertrain

Powertrain

Derived from the Ford-powered Super 3, the Morgan XP-1 has undergone a significant transformation, shedding its traditional combustion engine for a cutting-edge electric motor. The 134-horsepower (100-kilowatt) electric motor is ingeniously placed in the existing transmission tunnel, providing power to a single rear wheel. This strategic placement not only maximizes performance but also contributes to a seamless integration of electric power into the classic design. The XP-1 features a compact 33-kilowatt-hour battery pack ingeniously mounted under the hood, where the conventional gasoline engine once resided. Despite its modest size, this battery pack offers a commendable range of approximately 241 kilometers on a single charge. Morgan's engineers have successfully balanced performance and efficiency, ensuring that the XP-1 remains a practical and viable electric vehicle for everyday use.

Lightweight Design

Lightweight Design

Weighing in at a mere 1,543 pounds (700 kilograms), the Morgan XP-1 manages to retain the lightweight charm that has long been associated with the brand. Surprisingly, it is only 132 pounds (60 kilograms) heavier than its gas-powered counterpart, showcasing the efficiency of Morgan's engineering in adapting to electric propulsion without compromising on the essence of driving pleasure.

To further enhance the XP-1's efficiency, Morgan's engineering team has implemented aerodynamic improvements. The drag coefficient has been significantly reduced from 0.65 to 0.42 through meticulous adjustments to the underbody, wheels, and front fascia. This reduction in drag coefficient by a third not only enhances the vehicle's overall efficiency but also contributes to its distinctive aesthetic appeal.

The Morgan XP-1 stands as a testament to the brand's commitment to innovation and sustainability. By embracing electric power and seamlessly integrating it into the iconic Super 3 chassis, Morgan has created an experimental prototype that not only pays homage to its rich heritage but also sets the stage for a greener automotive future. With a lightweight design, efficient battery system, and aerodynamic enhancements, the XP-1 showcases Morgan's ability to embrace change while staying true to the essence of driving pleasure. As electric mobility continues to shape the automotive landscape, the Morgan XP-1 emerges as a captivating blend of tradition and forward-thinking technology.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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