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(Daily Mail)   British car maker launches its answer to the Tesla. Elon Musk has some serious competition at last   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2018-01-02 04:50:44 PM  
Gorgeous design, without a doubt.
The chassis has always been steel, but I wonder if they're still using ash for the frame.
Perhaps that's the reference to CF.
 
2018-01-02 05:01:51 PM  
Is it a Lucas branded electric car?
 
2018-01-02 05:12:25 PM  

ArkPanda: Is it a Lucas branded electric car?


LOL -- my dad constantly had to replace the Lucas electrics on his '64 Plus 4.

/Why do the British drink warm beer?
//Because they have Lucas refrigerators.
 
2018-01-02 05:50:48 PM  
"The styling is unlikely to win fans amongst those of us blessed with the gift of sight."
 
2018-01-02 06:21:34 PM  

King Something: "The styling is unlikely to win fans amongst those of us blessed with the gift of sight."


That is a lot of ugly to be in one place. But I bet it's fun to drive.
 
2018-01-02 06:53:16 PM  
Is it named Geoff?
 
2018-01-02 06:56:34 PM  
It would probably be possible to register this as a motorcycle in the US. Much nicer than the Corbin Sparrow., at twice the price.
 
2018-01-02 06:56:34 PM  
FTFA: EV3 can go from zero to 62 mph in just under nine seconds and maxes out at 90 mph, with a 150 mile range
Yeah, that should have Elon Musk losing sleep.
 
2018-01-02 06:57:41 PM  

czetie: FTFA: EV3 can go from zero to 62 mph in just under nine seconds and maxes out at 90 mph, with a 150 mile range
Yeah, that should have Elon Musk losing sleep.


And so much passenger and cargo room, too.
 
2018-01-02 07:00:41 PM  
Take that Tesla!

Why thank you, I shall.

Take that, Tesla!

Egads, an affront!
 
2018-01-02 07:06:22 PM  
$44,2000? Looks like some crazy British numbers.
 
2018-01-02 07:08:05 PM  

natazha: It would probably be possible to register this as a motorcycle in the US. Much nicer than the Corbin Sparrow., at twice the price.


I wonder if that will be a problem - the Elio 3 wheeled vehicle has had issues getting to market, in part because of being classified as a motorcycle (and in part due to mismanagement).  Also, if it is classified as a motorcycle, do you have to wear a helmet while driving it in states with mandatory helmet laws?
 
2018-01-02 07:08:49 PM  
First buyer?  James May.
 
2018-01-02 07:20:50 PM  
A car without a top in rainy England - is the guy supposed to hold an umbrella between his knees?
 
2018-01-02 07:21:09 PM  
WAIT wait wait....

An all electric car.

From Britain.

That's gonna take a while to sink in for me...
 
2018-01-02 07:24:29 PM  

ArkPanda: Is it a Lucas branded electric car?


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2018-01-02 07:30:42 PM  
0-60 in 9 seconds instead of <4... range of 150 miles instead of 300... top speed of 90 mph (my prius can do over 100)... oh and NO FARKING ROOF and seats only 1 person for only $45000?? WOW!

This doesn't even compete well with motorcycles. But hey, it may solve that everything they build leaks oil problem the Brits always seem to have, so there's that.

I'm assuming subby was trolling but the comparison was so asinine I couldn't resist.
 
2018-01-02 07:43:36 PM  

mandyer: First buyer?  James May.


Actually Hammond is the Morgan owner. Clarkson took the piss out of the "cross eyed" Morgan he bought.

Ecliptic: 0-60 in 9 seconds instead of <4... range of 150 miles instead of 300... top speed of 90 mph (my prius can do over 100)... oh and NO FARKING ROOF and seats only 1 person for only $45000?? WOW!

This doesn't even compete well with motorcycles. But hey, it may solve that everything they build leaks oil problem the Brits always seem to have, so there's that.

I'm assuming subby was trolling but the comparison was so asinine I couldn't resist.


Yes, I was being sarcastic. Morgan is a speciality hand built manufacturer that still builds their body frames out of wood.

/Subby.
//Plus, petrol and diesel engined cars will be banned in the UK in twenty years, so they might as well start making electric cars now.
///Not banning ICE cars already on the road, just the sale of new ones AFAIK.

nanim: A car without a top in rainy England - is the guy supposed to hold an umbrella between his knees?


Many Morgan owners consider it bad form to put the roof up. Ever.
 
2018-01-02 07:48:25 PM  
And then it breaks down 5 minutes after starting it.

British cars, looks good dont last long.
 
2018-01-02 08:11:35 PM  
Tesla is making real cars.  This is a toy for people with money to waste.
 
2018-01-02 08:34:02 PM  
What is with the British obsession with 3-wheelers?
 
2018-01-02 08:35:50 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Actually Hammond is the Morgan owner. Clarkson took the piss out of the "cross eyed" Morgan he bought.


Thanks. Yeah I was a little shaky on that when I typed it. Now I remember.
 
2018-01-02 08:57:39 PM  

Ecliptic: 0-60 in 9 seconds instead of <4... range of 150 miles instead of 300... top speed of 90 mph (my prius can do over 100)... oh and NO FARKING ROOF and seats only 1 person for only $45000?? WOW!

This doesn't even compete well with motorcycles. But hey, it may solve that everything they build leaks oil problem the Brits always seem to have, so there's that.

I'm assuming subby was trolling but the comparison was so asinine I couldn't resist.


The electric motor is liquid cooled, so there is still hope for a classic leak.
 
2018-01-02 09:04:02 PM  
Suddenly ahead of me
Across the mountainside
A gleaming alloy air car
Shoots towards me, two lanes wide
I spin around with shrieking tires
To run the deadly race
Go screaming through the valley
As another joins the chase
 
2018-01-02 09:44:51 PM  
Just about every car company in the world is making, or has announced an electric car. Ho hum.
 
2018-01-02 09:54:27 PM  
With the exception of the English Electric Lightning fighter place, I do not think I have ever heard the words "English" or "British" combined with the word "electric" in a sentence that did not include a large number of swear words and negative adjectives.

Being a British car, it must leak something.  Being British and electric, I'm assuming it'll leak smoke.  However, it is kinda cool looking and could be fun to drive, though 0-60 in 9 seconds doesn't impress me much.

/former Series III XJ6 owner
//current MG owner, but its got a mazda rotary in it now.  It is much faster, but not any more reliable.
/// Lucas, prince of darkness.
 
2018-01-02 10:28:32 PM  
Given that the Sterling had electrical issues, can we really trust British electrics?
 
2018-01-02 11:06:07 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Ecliptic: 0-60 in 9 seconds instead of <4... range of 150 miles instead of 300... top speed of 90 mph (my prius can do over 100)... oh and NO FARKING ROOF and seats only 1 person for only $45000?? WOW!

This doesn't even compete well with motorcycles. But hey, it may solve that everything they build leaks oil problem the Brits always seem to have, so there's that.

I'm assuming subby was trolling but the comparison was so asinine I couldn't resist.

The electric motor is liquid cooled, so there is still hope for a classic leak.


It's a Morgan, I'm guessing it's made our of wood, so that won't end well.
 
2018-01-02 11:17:50 PM  

inglixthemad: It's a Morgan, I'm guessing it's made our of wood, so that won't end well.


Hey, it won't rust!
Rot on the other hand...
 
2018-01-03 12:18:01 AM  

inglixthemad: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Ecliptic: 0-60 in 9 seconds instead of <4... range of 150 miles instead of 300... top speed of 90 mph (my prius can do over 100)... oh and NO FARKING ROOF and seats only 1 person for only $45000?? WOW!

This doesn't even compete well with motorcycles. But hey, it may solve that everything they build leaks oil problem the Brits always seem to have, so there's that.

I'm assuming subby was trolling but the comparison was so asinine I couldn't resist.

The electric motor is liquid cooled, so there is still hope for a classic leak.

It's a Morgan, I'm guessing it's made our of wood, so that won't end well.


The article was a bit lacking in details regarding the presence or absence of Morgan's signature wooden framing.  However, they are using carbon fiber body panels in this one.

They call Morgan a 'British' car company, and I guess it is, but IIRC, its facilities were in Malvern Link, Scotland.  And leave it to Scots engineers to come up with a mix of old and new like this one.

I approve.
 
2018-01-03 05:08:55 AM  
There is a US-Made model that seats 2

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with room for clubs and 2 cupholders
 
2018-01-03 09:10:43 AM  
Why does this article, published on Jan 2, 2018, keep saying this thing will "ramp up" in production in 2016?
 
2018-01-03 11:32:33 AM  
The Brits already did it. The Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust. Also known as Geoff

Building an Electric Car - Top Gear - BBC
Youtube PCSNCs7bwCw
 
2018-01-03 12:26:12 PM  

Archie Goodwin: What is with the British obsession with 3-wheelers?


I believe they fall under a different set of rules only having three wheels, they aren't classified as passenger cars.
 
2018-01-03 02:30:48 PM  
Anyone familiar with the historical reputation of the electrical systems in British automobiles (specifically,
Austin Healys) will stay far, far FAR away from a British-made electric car.
 
2018-01-03 02:57:32 PM  

Archie Goodwin: What is with the British obsession with 3-wheelers?


They're all safe.
Rolling a Reliant Robin - Top Gear - BBC
Youtube QQh56geU0X8
 
2018-01-03 09:09:02 PM  

mjones73: Archie Goodwin: What is with the British obsession with 3-wheelers?

I believe they fall under a different set of rules only having three wheels, they aren't classified as passenger cars.


It's a late reply, but anyway...

Yeah, I sort of knew they had made a seperate set of rules for them, but my question remains, why? Oh well, another rabbit hole to bookmark and check out later.
 
2018-01-04 07:16:27 AM  

Archie Goodwin: mjones73: Archie Goodwin: What is with the British obsession with 3-wheelers?

I believe they fall under a different set of rules only having three wheels, they aren't classified as passenger cars.

It's a late reply, but anyway...

Yeah, I sort of knew they had made a seperate set of rules for them, but my question remains, why? Oh well, another rabbit hole to bookmark and check out later.


At least in the US, it means a different barrier to entry in a market.   There are a myriad of regulations, primarily for safety, governing cars that don't apply to "motorcycles".  Even not-so-regulated things like farking airbags covering every square inch of cabin space that affect your insurance premiums are ignored when it's a "motorcycle".  I suspect similar forces are at play in the UK.
 
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