Morris Commercial relaunches iconic Morris van as an EV

Brits of a certain age may wax nostalgic for the Morris J-Type delivery van, which was produced from 1949 to 1960. Now Morris Commercial has announced that it will produce a new electric edition of the iconic van.

The Morris JE features a carbon fiber chassis, a 60 kWh battery pack, a 200-mile range, a 1,000 kg payload, 5.5 cubic meters of load space and a 2.5-ton gross weight. Top speed is set at 90 mph. The van can fast charge to 80% in 30 minutes.

The Morris JE’s retro styling is expected to be a major selling point (to say nothing of the cool name), but Morris says it is not a replica of the old classic Morris J-Type, but rather a new interpretation of the design. The JE is based on a new modular platform that Morris Commercial hopes to use for future variants such as a pickup, minibus and campervan.

Morris Commercial is an all-electric brand: “We will never make a vehicle with an internal combustion engine.” It has backing from unnamed UK and European investors, a design and engineering facility in Worcestershire, and a strategy to produce a “UK-sourced” electric powertrain.

The new Morris JE e-van recently made its debut at the London Design Museum, and is scheduled to go on sale at the end of 2021 at a price of around 60,000 pounds. Morris has not indicated whether it plans to export the vehicle to other markets in Europe.

Source: Autocar via electrive

  • More2bits

    It’s so cute it will probably be featured in a new Disney movie like the ‘love bug’ or something.

  • Randy George

    How do they get 200 miles out of a 60 kwH battery?

    • Mark N

      Same way my Bolt gets 250 miles out of a 60 kwh.

      • Randy George

        I guess I thought that a vehicle that appears to be more than twice the size of a Bolt would get half the range, but maybe it doesn’t work that way.

  • Lennie Pike

    Too expensive but far better looking than the Cybertruck

  • Will Wilkin

    Why a front grill?