The Morgan Motor Company—the British car company best known for STILL using postwar styling and wooden (like ASH wood) body frames for some of its retro-inspired cars—will have a full hybrid and electric range within the next three years by 2019. How retro you ask? Well, the Aero 8 (introduced in 2007) looks like something straight out of an alt-history sci-fi novel, as it comes with an up-to-date aluminum chassis and modern aerodynamics. They’ll be investing $8.6 million (or £6 million) to develop hybrid and electric powertrains for very models in its range in conjunction with Delta Motorsport and Potenza technology.
The funding is coming thanks to the $1.4 billion (£1 billion) collaboration between the Advanced Propulsion Centre, the UK government and the auto industry. The head honcho at Morgan, Steve Morris, stated that:
“We have been involved in the research and development of new propulsion technology since the inception of the LifeCar project almost ten years ago. We are now ready to develop the best hybrid and electric drive-train solutions for production implementation before the end of the decade.”
Along with funding Morgan’s electrification program, the APC is also funding programs for developing new battery packs, designs for advanced turbocharger, and turning all taxis in London electric. TO THE FUTURE!!
[Thanks Advanced Propulsion Centre]