Morris JE: All-electric van makes debut with 200 miles of range promised

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Author: | Updated: 14 Nov 2019 09:58

Morris Commercial has revealed its first model, the JE all-electric van, at the Design Museum in London. Designed and engineered in the UK, the electric light commercial vehicle will be priced from £60,000 when it arrives in 2021.

Morris JE on the road

The original J-type was unapologetically distinctive, with its minimal front overhang, distinctive pear-shaped grille, split front windscreen and swooping roofline. The new JE benefits from many of these core styling attributes in a marriage of retro-yet-contemporary design for the 21st century, aiming to be a fun and inspiring, modern interpretation of the quirky van of yesteryear.

Morris JE top

With a state-of-the-art 60kW lithium-ion battery powertrain, the vehicle will offer 200 miles of range on a single charge.

The JE also benefits from a lightweight, modular chassis making it highly adaptable for future derivatives such as a pickup, minibus or camper van. The combination of this lightweight chassis with a carbon fibre body also makes the Morris JE one of the lightest LCVs in the marketplace, resulting in an outstanding power-to-weight efficiency.

Morris JE side

To this end, the JE is an LCV that sits within the 2.5 tonne segment, the lightest sector in the commercial vehicle market. However, it boasts a 1 tonne payload and 5.5 m³ carrying capacity, which is more typical of vehicles in the larger 3.5 tonne sector. Accommodating two standard pallets, access is provided via full-width rear doors and a sliding side door.

Morris JE rear

Presenting the Morris JE, Dr Qu Li, CEO and founder of Morris Commercial, said: “From the outset, our vision was to bring a new concept to the LCV market, not just in terms of the battery electric powertrain, but also to introduce a timeless design that takes the aesthetics and appeal of such a vehicle to a whole new level.

“What we have created is a beautiful, retro design that sits upon a cutting-edge, modular BEV platform, delivering practicality and functionality to compete with the best in its segment.”

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