Geneva 2012: Morgan Plus E and Plus 8

Morgan has taken the wraps off its Morgan Plus E at the Geneva show, an electric version of its classic roadster, but with - get this - a manual gearbox.

As we found out when we first wrote about the Plus E, the transmission is a conventional Morgan-supplied five-speeder with a clutch.

The project is the work of Zytek Automotive. "The key aspect was to get the fun back into electric vehicles," technical programme manager , Neil Cheeseman told us. "What does a manual gearbox in an electric car actually feel like? We decided to build one to find out."

Underneath, the Plus E uses the same aluminium fame as the new Plus 8 (as run in pre-production form by Chris Harris here on PH), which also gets its debut at Geneva, and is effectively an updated version of the chassis from the Aero 8.

Chatting to Morgan's chief designer Matthew Humphries on the stand (who plays a thoroughly convincing impromptu PR role - how many designers are willing to do that?), it seems that actual working cars are a little way off yet. But only a matter of weeks, and you can forgive a show car for being a bit cobbled together.

The concept is intriguing, though, with 160hp, 280lb ft of torque, a top speed of 115mph and a 0-60mph sprint of around 6.0 seconds.

"The only worry people really seem to have is the noise," says Humphries, "but I reckon it'll be great - kind of a Sci-fi edge." Morgan meets Wipeout, then. Sounds good to us...


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  • CBR JGWRR 06 Mar 2012

    Nice idea mating a manual gearbox to an electric motor.

  • 0a 06 Mar 2012

    That's more like it, you can keep your fat Bentleys!

    I hope Morgan get LOADS of press pieces from this.

  • LuS1fer 06 Mar 2012

    An electric banana with a 5 speed box. I like it.

  • theJT 06 Mar 2012

    That just looks... fun. I always wondered why no one had just taken an ordinary car and stuck an electric motor on the end of the gearbox that was already there.

  • rtz62 06 Mar 2012

    Surely the motoring equivalent of some designer climbing Nelsons Column, chipping some stone away, and, voila! Horatio HomeBoy, wearing baggy jeans, hoodie and baseball cap.
    I thought people lived, and bought Morgans because they are an anachronism and refuse to comply.
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear....

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