Morgan LIFECar2 diesel-electric hybrid announced

Morgan LIFEcar, 640, 24.08.2010
Morgan LIFEcar, 640, 24.08.2010

Will be launched within the next three years

Morgan has announced plans to introduce a production version of the LIFECar concept.

While details are limited, the LIFEcar2 will feature a diesel-electronic hybrid powertrain jointly developed with three British universities (Birmingham City, Oxford, and Cranfield). The car will weigh less than 800kg (1,764 lbs), travel up to 15 miles (24 km) on electricity-alone, accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds, and cost approximately £40,000.

In related news, Charles Morgan told Autocar the LIFEcar2 will be joined by a "fun weekend vehicle." No other information was released, but both models in addition to the recently unveiled EvaGT are expected within the next three years.

Source: autocar.co.uk/ and Morgan

LIFECar2 - The Next Generation of LIFECar

Following on from the rapturous response that LIFECar received, Morgan Motor Company has decided to take LIFECar from a prototype, to a fully fledged production vehicle. There have been some changes to the original brief, making the car more practical, while retaining the revolutionary features that made LIFECar unique.

In the place of the original hydrogen fuel cell is a super-efficient, series hybrid drivetrain, developed using some of the country's best universities, making use of the wealth of knowledge in their research departments. The drivetrain will power a vehicle that epitomises Morgan core value of innovation. The use of sustainable lightweight materials will ensure that not only is the vehicle fuel efficient with a low carbon output, but that at the end of its very long life, it will be easily recyclable.

Some key figures for the LIFECar are:

  • 1000 mile range
  • Ultra lightweight (sub 800kg)
  • 15 mile EV range
  • 0-60mph in 7 seconds
  • ~£40,000 Price

Universities involved with LIFECar2 are:

  • Birmingham City University
  • Oxford University
  • Cranfield University

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Comments (7)

benzboy benzboy
what I said above was they do look painful like the first gullwing and corvette seats, is what I meant, but didnt type correctly, pre senior moment sorry
Aug 26th, 2010 10:23am
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vanquert vanquert
It looks okey, to be a morgan. Those seats looks painfull...
Aug 26th, 2010 6:52am
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benzboy benzboy
Corvettes LOL. Obviously these have to be concept seats again lol
Aug 26th, 2010 10:22am
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SunnyY SunnyY
wow, this car is hideous!!!
Aug 25th, 2010 10:31pm
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bordeauxman1 bordeauxman1
Electric is the future : Good idea .
Aug 25th, 2010 10:00pm
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Xenicide Xenicide
Not quite. Until there is a more efficient way of producing electricity, it will never be a viable source.
Aug 26th, 2010 4:13am
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jf90 jf90
bargain for a Morgan! They make such retro-cool cars. Will the diesel powerplant be BMW sourced?
Aug 25th, 2010 8:01pm
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