Charming and Electric
A look of days of yore. . .for the future of deliveries
(Images: Morris Commercial)
If you were wandering through a village somewhere in the British countryside and saw a vehicle like the one above, you might think something along the lines of, “Blimey! What a well-preserved Morris J-type, a vehicle that came out in 1949 and had a production run until 1961.” (OK, you wouldn’t have included that last clause, but we’re advancing the story here.)
Then you’d think to yourself that it is really rather quiet, not the sort of thing that one would expect from a 1476-cc four-banger.
Yes, this vehicle is a Morris. Yes, it closely resembles the J-type. No, it doesn’t have a four-cylinder engine.
It is the Morris JE van from Morris Commercial. An electric vehicle.
Yes, it is charming. But it is also capable. According to the company, this light commercial vehicle has a 1,000 kg (a.k.a., 2,200 lb.) payload and a 5.5-cubic meter (194-cubic foot) cargo capacity. It has full-width rear doors and a sliding side door.
The vehicle features a modular chassis and a carbon-fiber body. It uses a lithium-ion battery pack that is anticipated to provide a range of 200 miles.
Production is expected to begin in late 2021, with an estimated price of £60,000.
Morris Commercial Ltd. is located in Hinton-on-the-Green, which certainly sounds like a charming locale.
Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.
How carbon fiber is utilized is as different as the vehicles on which it is used. From full carbon tubs to partial panels to welded steel tube sandwich structures, the only limitation is imagination.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.