Morgan Motor Company celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Though the world is much different from when the company was first founded in 1909, Morgan still hand assembles every car it builds. It makes just a few hundred vehicles a year, but they are of the highest quality and are some of the most sought after cars ever built.
Despite the exclusive nature of the Morgan automobile though, the company must be admired for its ability to look forward. Hybrids, hydrogen-power, and electric cars are the future, and Morgan doesn’t plan on being left behind. They have announced that they will be building a diesel-electric hybrid car with a 1,000 mile range.
It really surprises me that so few companies are considering diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. By themselves, diesel engines tend to get much better gas mileage than their petrol-powered counterparts. Plus, they make more torque, and I love torque. Add a hybrid-electric drivetrain, and you’re talking about a car that could easily achieve 50 mpg or better. With a 20 gallon fuel tank, one could fesibily see the LIFEcar 2 getting 1,000 miles to a tank of gas.
Still, most of us will never be able to afford a Morgan, never mind a diesel-electric hybrid Morgan. Still, in all likelihood this car will make it into production, unlike many concept vehicles. Morgan doesn’t have anything else to do with their time, so why not build a game-changing hybrid?
Source: AutoCar | Image: Morgan