Project to resurrect the Morris Commercial van receives extra funding

A company that is hoping to resurrect the Morris Commercial van from the 1950s as a commercial electric vehicle that might be just ripe for conversion into a campervan has won extra funding to see the project through.

Morris Commercial was due to be showing its prototype Morris JE fully electric van at the Fully Charged South show in Farnborough at the end of April. The vehicle on display at the show will actually include a Slidepod that extends out of the back of the vehicle when parked and can include a kitchen unit.

The Oxfordshire company has won funding from Capital for Colleagues, an investment fund specialising in employee owned businesses.

The all-electric JE has a gross vehicle weight of 2.5 tonnes and a range of 250 miles.

The new money will be invested in further R&D, validation and certification, as well as production, with the first vehicles set to go on sale early next year. The first vans should be going to customers next year.

Morris Commercial’s John Killick said he thought the potential for converting the van into a campervan is clear. “Around 50% of people who see it ask if we are planning a campervan,” he said.

We recently took a look at the Volkswagen ID. Buzz too, another all electric vehicle that should have a ‘van based on it by 2025.

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