Triumph Stag and Morgan 4/4 get EV power

  • British company Electrogenic has replaced Stag’s V8 with a 37 kWh battery and an electric motor that produces 107 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque.
  • Electrogenic-converted Stag and Morgan 4/4 are believed to be the first examples of their models to receive EV power.
  • Electric vehicle conversions for the classics are gaining momentum among specialty stores, but most of them remain quite pricey.

    The Triumph Stag may have been Britain’s most affordable muscle car in the 1970s, but the 3.0-liter V8 wasn’t among the easiest to live with, often suffering from blown head gaskets to deteriorating timing chains, among other ailments . That didn’t stop collectors from getting it back, of course, and now there’s plenty of parts and expertise to tackle any issue with this car.

    As the decade rolls on, we’re sure many British classics will get the EV conversion treatment, and this month it’s a double take with the Triumph Stag and Morgan 4/4. Both models have just been converted to electric power by British company Electrogenic – seemingly intent on bringing the motoring world described in Gataka to life.

    Instead of a 3.0-liter V8, the Stag gets the company’s Hyper9 electric motor, which is good for 107 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. Electrogenic also keeps the car’s original four-speed gearbox rather than relying on a single gear setup. The battery in the Stag replaces the motor, the car maintains its rear-wheel drive design, and the relatively modest 37 kWh battery gives it a range of 150 miles. The company did not say what kind of acceleration the brushless electric motor provides, but due to the fact that it still has to cope with a four-speed gearbox, there may be some discrepancy. It’s worth noting that the Stag’s 3.0-liter V8 produced 145 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, so performance might not be drastically different, just quieter.

    A relatively small battery replaces the motor. Fortunately, there is plenty of engine room to work with.

    “Converting old cars like this is about using modern technology to bring out the best in cars,” says Steve Drummond, director and co-founder of Electrogenic. “For us, that means more power within the capabilities of the original car, better weight distribution, and not using too many batteries to maintain handling accuracy. Our electronics integrate the batteries and the motor into a seamless system, making the cars as safe as possible.”

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    “Our systems also allow us to preserve the authenticity of the rest of the car, which is a really important factor for us,” adds Drummond. “For example, this means we can reuse the original tools to keep the interior as unaltered as possible. Ultimately, what we always try to do with our conversions is make the cars we’ve entrusted with ‘better versions of themselves’.”

    The 1957 Morgan 4/4 was the second Electrogenic conversion announced this month, indicating that both were believed to be the first EV conversions for their respective models. In this case, Electrogenic has ditched the four-cylinder engine, replacing it with the same high-voltage brushless electric motor, which makes 107 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. The 37-kWh battery replaces the engine bay (the smallest in a Morgan case), giving the car an identical 150-mile range on a full charge. As on the Stag, Electrogenic shifting keeps the original gearbox.

    Morgan Roadster

    The Morgan 4/4 received a similar EV drivetrain as the Stag.

    “Electrogenic Triumph Stag and Morgan 4/4 Conversions are customer vehicles, and as such are built to customer specifications,” says Ian Newsted, director and co-founder of Electrogenic. “Electrogenic offers a full range of classic car electrification options to customers, and each convertible is unique, preserving the beauty and engineering of the original but making the vehicle as functional as possible for the purpose the owner intended it to use.”

    The company doesn’t just mention how much a Stag conversion costs, but it’s definitely one of those things that’s bound to get cheaper with more attention, especially now that Aston Martin is offering EV conversions for its older models. In the future we expect these types of conversions to be very common, especially for noisy classics with plenty of battery space.

    can you Convert your classic car into an EV If the price is right? Let us know in the comments below.

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