You can almost hear the jaws dropping and heavy breathing from the classic purists as news broke of a 1976 Triumph Stag and 1957 Morgan 4/4 being converted to electric power this morning on social media…
Oxford-based Electrogenic announced today it has now finalised two ‘World First’ conversions which both now run on silent, zero-emission electric power and as expected there are many who are utterly disgusted by such outrageous behaviour.
The Triumph Stag has long been the gurgling go-get for many British classic car fans with an almost monolithic approach to ever considering the V8 beauty as a silent EV. The Stag in question is the first EV conversion, but won’t be the last to have its beloved 3.0-litre Triumph V8 surgically removed and replaced with a fully integrated ‘Hyper9’ high-voltage brushless electric motor delivering 80kW of power and 235Nm of torque to the rear wheels through the original four-speed manual gearbox.
A 37kw battery will take responsibility for the original Triumph V8 engine and uses a Type 2 charger offering an underwhelming range of 150 miles.
Steve Drummond, Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic:
“Converting older cars like these to electric power is about using modern technology to bring out the best characteristics in the cars. For us this means increasing power within the capabilities of the original vehicle, optimising weight distribution and not using too many batteries to keep the handling crisp and precise. Our proprietary electronics integrate the batteries and motor into a seamless system, making the cars as safe as possible.
“Our systems also allow us to maintain the originality of the rest of the car, which is a really important factor for us. For example, it means that we can repurpose the original instruments to keep the interior as untouched as possible. Ultimately, what we’re always trying to do with our conversions is to make the cars we’ve been entrusted with into a ‘better version of themselves’.”
Whilst the Morgan 4/4 conversion is believed to be the first professionally converted four-wheeled Morgan to be transformed to electric propulsion, it’s worth remembering Morgan themselves have already committed to an electrified future.
A similar process means the removal of the original four-cylinder combustion engine and replacing it with yet another ‘Hyper9’ high-voltage brushless motor, delivering 80kW of power and 235Nm of torque to the rear wheels through the Morgan’s manual gearbox.
As with the trusty Stag, a 37kWh battery pack will be fitted to the Morgan’s diminutive body, offering a driving range of up to 150 miles on a single charge, which again does nothing to inspire the average distance pilot.
Ian Newstead, Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic:
“We love the challenge of converting beautiful classic cars with technology that means they will be able to continue to be used guilt-free, even in our cities, for years to come. Working on first-time conversions such as the Stag and the Morgan 4/4 helps us to continue honing both our technology offering and our knowledge of the integration process in different body types, and means we maintain our position as a leader in classic car electrification.”
The original V8 gurgling and spluttering symphony could always be ‘piped’ in if need be… coolant system problems are something you might want to leave in the distant past.
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