Old Boss, Meet The New Boss – An Electric Morgan 3-Wheeler On the Horizon

Morgan Ev3

Henry Fredrick Stanley Morgan never saw this coming. His wood-framed, panel-beaten, old-school Morgan three-wheelers will soon be powered by electricity.

Morgan, born in the village of Moreton Jeffries, Herefordshire in 1881, was the son of a reverend and developed a fondness for cycling as a child. But he soon found his passion – and his calling – in the form of the coming technology of the nascent motor car.

The first tour for Morgan in a 3 h.p. Benz was wild indeed and an unfortunate collision led to a bill for damages to the tune of some £28.

Workers in the Morgan plant build subframes from ash.

The company says the EV3 is the first Morgan vehicle to utilise composite carbon panels as features of its body construction such as the bonnet, tonneau cover and side pods. The remainder of the bodywork is comprised of aluminum panels over an ash wood frame.

Morgan says the latest vehicle takes inspiration from 1930’s aero-engine race cars and classic motorcycles.

The front end of the  EV3 features old-line tech like brass conductive cooling fins to encase the high-tech batteries.

Powered by a liquid-cooled electric motor with 42kW, fed by a 21kWh battery pack, the new EV3 will sport a range of 190km.

While it might not be as fast as the current internal combustion 3 Wheelers, Morgan says the EV3 should do a minimum 0-62mph time of under 9 seconds and should reach a top speed “in excess of 90mph.”

The vehicle will be driven by a 20KWh Lithium Battery and a 46kW motor which drives the rear wheel.

old-school Morgan three-wheelers will soon be powered by electricity.


How To Dramatically Improve Your New Car Buying Experience in Brisbane

Our Story at TheCarTest

Top Selling Cars in Australia-2018

TheCarTest will dramatically improve your new car buying experience in Brisbane from start-to-finish.

Not only do we extend the test drive and delivered directly from the manufacturer straight to your home or office, we’ll be your personal Car Care assistants.

With all the new cars available to drive in the marketplace,  our focus is providing the very best in customer care.

You wouldn’t marry a guy you’ve only just met, right? Yet buying a new car is somehow different?

There are a lot of details involved in manufacturing a car, and just as many details involved in making certain that vehicle fits your needs.

Is the boot too small for your daily hauling chores? Is the backseat too tall?  Is the car missing a full-sized spare? Okay, the front seats look so appealing, but will that low-level “clicking” noise the new car makes frustrate you over time? Will that barely perceptible road noise hum turn into an ongoing nightmare? Do your golf clubs fit comfortably and did you check to see how well the children’s car seats fit in the back?

It’s the little things that count.

There’s only one way to know for sure how the small details of a car will work for you, an extended test drive under real-world conditions.

With over 60+ unique brands available to you,  making the correct choice has never been more attainable. Yet finding the time available to drive them all is just unrealistic – and practically unbearable.

We offer you a chance to save time and money with our stress and pressure-free new car test drive service. And for working with us, we can use our contacts with the manufacturers to present you with exclusive ‘below-retail’ pricing.


Here’s how you can dramatically improve your new car buying experience in Brisbane, throughout Queensland and all over Australia…

Our Top New Car Test Drive Tips:

  • Did you check for the location and ease of use for the primary controls such as the clutch,  steering, pedal function and seat adjustments? Are the driving and passenger positions compatible with the height of the dash?
  • Are infotainment systems easily operated?
  • Are the front seats comfortable and supportive (not too soft or hard)?
    Are the gauges and display screens that are easy to view? How about the climate-control systems?
  • Did you bring your iPod or phone along? Android interface? How does the stereo sound and how easy is it to control your devices when synced with the entertainment system?
  • What about Bluetooth wireless? Wi-Fi connectivity? Voice activation? Do they function with your mobile devices? Are there sufficient spaces to place your gadgets while driving?
  • How does the navigation system respond to input? Is it functional and intuitive to operate? Does it provide accurate directions?
  • Many dealerships will balk if you’d like to test drive the car for an extended period, but you’ll get a more comprehensive feel for your choice if you take it out alone – without distractions.
  • Does your chosen vehicle have sufficient power to merge into highway traffic flow?
  • What is your chosen car like when it comes to parking? Is the turning radius useable?
  • Is the visibility through doors and windows comfortable?
  • What about cabin noise? Wind noise when the windows or moonroof are open?

These answers to these questions – and many more – will determine your long-term enjoyment of your new car, so take your time and make an informed decision…

Hands-On New Car Selection and Test Drive Help in Brisbane

buying a new car in Brisbane

TheCarTest is a concierge-style service that provides new car buyers with access to insider auto buying advice and a hands-on-the-wheel test driving experience.  You’ll need new car selection and test drive help in Brisbane, and we’re going to make your new car buying experience completely painless.

It works like this: Buyers select from a short list of cars that they love for a 3-7 day ‘try before you buy’ test drive experience. Using our Our Swipe’n’Drive car matchmaker, you can bring the emotion back into the decision-making process. It’s a unique ‘brand-to-buyer’ connection with a real, thoughtful and objective analysis of how a new car buyer can get exactly the care they need – and the car they want.

We’ve built the ability to aggregate real-time data within an “offline” environment, and the result is a ground-breaking opportunity for OEM’s and car dealers who can promote preferential price points allowing them to individually target and incentivize customers within the buying process.

A recent survey showed just 17 out of 4002 people thought the car buying experience was satisfactory, that’s less than 1%. Studies show that 88% of people won’t buy a car without test driving it first and yet 81% believe the current test drive experience to be inadequate.

In the last 2 years, some 250+ new car models were released into the Australian car market from more than 65 brands. Compare that to America which boasts just 44 brands.

Where do consumers go if they don’t end up buying your car and why? This is what we call the “offline zone” during the retail buyer’s journey.

Get Hands-On Car Selection and Test Drive Help in Brisbane With TheCarTest

We start at the beginning of the retail journey, capturing the consumer with a ‘concierge-style’ consumer-first approach.

Our objective is simple, to establish a relationship with consumers as a trusted mobility advisor, and in return, the customer will provide invaluable data.

TheCarTest Solution

We offer extended test-drives with home or office delivery, preferential pricing that keeps the sale local (allowing dealerships to retain PMA sales) and real-time consumer data to help OEMs improve their results.

Our Swipe’n’Drive match-maker focuses on ’emotive buyer behaviour’ while forging direct ‘brand-to-buyer’ connections.

During the test drive, you’ll be asked to rate the car. The more you rate the better your discount gets! The brand in conjunction with TCT promotes preferential pricing points once the test drive is over.

All new car buyers through the program also receive 3 years free servicing and roadside assistance included.

Market size

The new car market is worth appx $41b per annum in Austalia and 1.17m new cars were sold down under last year. The numbers are expected to grow at a rate of 3%.

We also know that 74% of the household buying decisions are made by female consumers, and as a result, we’ve carefully crafted our experience to serve your needs.

Will These Tesla Semi Trucks Make It To Australia

tesla semi BrisbaneWould you be frightened to see one of these streamlined trucks from the future barrelling down the highway next to you?

The unveiling of the Tesla Semi has led to big orders from trucking firm J.B. Hunt and U.S. retailer Walmart , and brewer Anheuser-Busch ordered 40 of the futuristic electric trucks as well.

Among other buyers are Sysco, delivery company DHL and soda maker Pepsi.

But UPS ordered 125 Tesla Semis, and that deal is said to be worth $25 million at $200,000 per truck. UPS says the trucks will be deployed in the U.S. for a complete evaluation.

Tesla says the Semis will save trucking concerns around $250,000 in fuel and maintenance costs in a million miles of driving.

Tesla’s Elon Musk is banking on the fact that big companies will sign on in an effort to lessen their carbon footprint and save money over the ‘long haul.’

Australian Luxury Car Tax to Provide Government Billions

Luxury Car Tax and Customs Duties
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

The Australian love for luxury cars means an additional $220 million will bolster the Federal Government’s coffers. While this Australian luxury car tax may cause some financial discomfort, it’s going to stay in place for the long haul.

It’s unlikely that Government will do away with this controversial Luxury Car Tax (LCT). The tax itself is expected to generate more than $2.9 billion directly from luxury car buyers and raise some $680 million this year alone.

The luxury car tax (LCT) is a fee imposed on cars with a GST-inclusive value above the LCT threshold, and it’s imposed at the rate of 33% on the amount above the luxury car threshold.

For Australian luxury car tax year, that threshold is set for “fuel-efficient vehicles” at $75,526
and for other vehicles at $65,094.

While the LCT is paid by businesses that sell or import luxury cars (dealers),  it’s also paid by individuals who import luxury cars.

Here’s how the tax works:

  • Say you import a 1977 Ford Mustang and the “customs value” of the car is $90,000 before GST.
  • That car will cost an additional $2,500 to import into Australia.
  • To figure out the amount of LCT owed, you:
  • Add GST applied at import is $9,000 (10% of $90,000)
  • Add import costs $2,500 for a total of $101,500 in LCT value.
  • You then calculate the LCT value – LCT threshold using this formula  x 10/11 x 33% for a total of ($101,500 – $65,094) x 10/11 x 33%
    $36,406 x 10/11 x 33%
  • At the end of the day, you’ll owe $10,921  to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

That’s the Australian luxury car tax explained.

If you happen to operate a diesel vehicle,  your choice will help add a total of some $100 million a year as well to government coffers.