A British company based in Oxford has announced electrical conversions of a 1976 Triumph Stag and 1957 Morgan 4/4. Both cars are the first of their kind to use an emission-free powertrain.
Electrogenic removed the 3.0 liter V8 engine from the stay and replaced it with its own ‘Hyper9’ electric motor. This makes 107 horsepower and 173 lb ft, with power transferred to the rear wheels via the vehicle’s original four-speed manual transmission.
A 37 kWh battery fills the space left by the engine, fuel tank and spare wheel and offers a range of around 250 km when fully charged. The car is equipped with a type 2 charging socket, as can be found on almost all new electric cars today.
The Morgan 4/4 was equipped with the same drive train and therefore delivers similar values as the stay.
“Converting older cars like this to electricity is about using modern technology to get the best performance out of the car,” said Steve Drummond, director and co-founder of Electrogenic. “For us this means increasing the performance within the capabilities of the original vehicle, optimizing the weight distribution and not using too many batteries to keep the handling clear and precise. Our proprietary electronics integrate the batteries and motor into a seamless system to make the cars as safe as possible.
“Our systems also allow us to keep the rest of the car original, which is a very important factor for us. For example, this means that we can reuse the original instruments to keep the interior as pristine as possible. Ultimately, with our conversions, we always try to make the cars entrusted to us into “better versions of themselves”. “
The electric stag has been verified as a “world first” by the Stag Owners Club, and Electrogenic is not aware of any other Morgan four-wheeler that has received the same electrical treatment.
Customers can contact the company with their own classic cars or request a source from Electrogenic on their behalf. The prices are tailored to each project. The cost is based on component upgrades and the range requested by the buyer.
The company is developing an app that can show the available range and the locations of a car’s nearest charging stations, so that the original interior does not have to be changed.
“We love the challenge of equipping beautiful classic cars with technology that will enable them to continue to be used in our cities without feeling guilty for years to come,” said Ian Newstead, director and co-founder of Electrogenic. “Working on first-time conversions like the Stag and Morgan 4/4 helps us to further improve both our technology offering and our knowledge of the integration process in different body types, and means that we are maintaining our position as a leading supplier of classic electrification. “