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The retro-futuristic Morgan EV3 could almost be a Star Wars pod racer

Are you in the market for a car that has charm, panache, old-school design, and zero emissions? Allow me to present the Morgan EV3. It's an all-electric version of the wonderful Morgan three-wheeler.

With a 20kWh lithium battery, the 64-horsepower, 1,100-pound trike can get from 0 to 60 in well under nine seconds, and can reach nearly 100 mph. In "eco" mode, Morgan says it's good for 150 miles, or 50 miles in the driver-focused "sport" mode — think faster acceleration, better throttle response, and much more fun.

Unveiled last year as a concept, the EV3 uses composite carbon panels — the first Morgan to do so — for the bonnet, tonneau cover, and side pods, and are worked by hand over an ash wood frame. This is a special vehicle, built for special customers, and it shows.

Morgan's head designer, Jonathan Wells, compared the look to the pod racer from The Phantom Menace, but with some old-school flair thrown in for good measure. Small details complete the look, like the motorcycle-inspired petrol filler cap that hides the EV plug and the leather straps that hold the headlight covers in place.

It'll cost around £35,000-40,000

The EV3 will cost between £35,000 and £40,000 and the first 19 will be sold through the venerable British retailer Selfridge's. The company is also partnering with a litany of lifestyle goods-makers to sell companion fashion accessories like leather driving gloves, hats, or fashionable sport coats. The Morgan representatives were some of the best dressed at the show, competing only with some of the ultra-high-end Italians.

It should be coming to the US too, for $50,000 to $60,000, though the company says it has no clue about what demand will be. The EV trike is uncharted territory for them, but I think it'll be very popular. I mean, just look at it. Who doesn't want that in their garage?


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