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Morgan Threewheeler gets the velomobile treatment

Morgan Threewheeler gets the v...
Ekomobil's pedal/electric Morgan replica on the streets of Minsk
Ekomobil's pedal/electric Morgan replica on the streets of Minsk
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According to Ekomobil, the design of its vehicle is based on technical drawings of the original gas-powered Morgan Threewheeler
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According to Ekomobil, the design of its vehicle is based on technical drawings of the original gas-powered Morgan Threewheeler
It has a lacquered composite body shell and 24-inch wheels on the outside
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It has a lacquered composite body shell and 24-inch wheels on the outside
Available extras include a lighting system, an in-dash quartz clock, and a built-in MP3 player
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Available extras include a lighting system, an in-dash quartz clock, and a built-in MP3 player
The seat is made from a combination of genuine and synthetic leather
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The seat is made from a combination of genuine and synthetic leather
When used in human-power mode, the rider's pedaling power is transferred via a chain drive to a Shimano Nexus 3-speed planetary hub transmission in the rear wheel
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When used in human-power mode, the rider's pedaling power is transferred via a chain drive to a Shimano Nexus 3-speed planetary hub transmission in the rear wheel
A smaller model for children is reportedly on the way
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A smaller model for children is reportedly on the way
Pricing of the Ekomobil Morgan replica ranges from €2,500 to €3,000 (about US$2,800 to $3,370)
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Pricing of the Ekomobil Morgan replica ranges from €2,500 to €3,000 (about US$2,800 to $3,370)
Ekomobil's pedal/electric Morgan replica on the streets of Minsk
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Ekomobil's pedal/electric Morgan replica on the streets of Minsk
The optional 48-volt hub motor is powered by an onboard battery, and it can reportedly take the vehicle to a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) while offering a non-pedal-assisted range of 30 to 40 km (19 to 25 miles)
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The optional 48-volt hub motor is powered by an onboard battery, and it can reportedly take the vehicle to a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) while offering a non-pedal-assisted range of 30 to 40 km (19 to 25 miles)
A front view of Ekomobil's Morgan replica
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A front view of Ekomobil's Morgan replica
A back view of Ekomobil's Morgan replica
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A back view of Ekomobil's Morgan replica
It features wood veneer and leather trim on the interior
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It features wood veneer and leather trim on the interior
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The Morgan Threewheeler is definitely a unique vehicle, although with prices starting just shy of £30,000 (about US$47,000) ... well, it ain't cheap. That said, if it's mainly just the look of the thing that you like, you might consider saving quite a few bucks and going with the human/electric hybrid replica now being offered by Minsk-based Ekomobil.

According to Ekomobil, the design of its vehicle is based on technical drawings of the original gas-powered Morgan Threewheeler.

It has a lacquered composite body shell and 24-inch wheels on the outside, combined with wood veneer and leather trim on the interior. The seat is made from a combination of genuine and synthetic leather. Available extras include a lighting system, an in-dash quartz clock, and a built-in MP3 player.

Available extras include a lighting system, an in-dash quartz clock, and a built-in MP3 player
Available extras include a lighting system, an in-dash quartz clock, and a built-in MP3 player

When used in human-power mode, the rider's pedaling power is transferred via a chain drive to a Shimano Nexus 3-speed planetary hub transmission in the rear wheel. The optional 48-volt hub motor is powered by an onboard battery, and it can reportedly take the vehicle to a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) while offering a non-pedal-assisted range of 30 to 40 km (19 to 25 miles).

Pricing of the Ekomobil Morgan replica ranges from €2,500 to €3,000 (about US$2,800 to $3,370) depending on options, plus shipping from Belarus. A smaller model for children is reportedly on the way, too.

Should you like the idea of a human/electric version of a classic weird little car, but the Morgan isn't your favorite, you might also want to check out Veloschmitt's Messerschmitt KR200 velomobile.

Source: Ekomobil/Picar (Russian)

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6 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really neat. I think it would be a fun little vehicle.
martinkopplow
A combustion engine mock up and pipes for nothing - on an electric assisted pedal powered vehicle. I very much like the Morgan three wheeler, but this one just misses the point.
Kevin Ritchey
Airbags courtesy of Zip-Lock.
michael_dowling
It's drag co-efficient must be awful compared with a purpose built streamlined velocycle.
KyleChittock
This is now available on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ekomobil/picar-a-recumbent-pedal-car-with-style/messages/11490713
Jose Gros
Some air-cooled, V-two Diesel engines of less than 800 cc are for sale in China, these may fit well this type of vehicles