With two tones, separate windshield and hoodless body, Morris JE van stands out with a lovely appearance
JE is an all-electric car with a distinctive appearance. Combine those fenders with the buttery-smooth, arched roof, body-color wheels, beady headlights and creased windshield. You have a van that’s delightfully British retro. Below its mid 20th century-influenced skin, the JE packs a cutting-edge electric powertrain. Modular chassis that could lead to additional variants, including a pickup truck and camper van.
The pleats are pulled out and rounding corners with ultralight carbon fiber construction. Morris Commercial reimagines the classic as a proper modern-day light commercial vehicle.
Outside, the car has a lovely design. Garnish on the front is a pear shaped grille, but not quite so large and a little smoother than the original. In addition, the inset sliding curbside door replaced by a flush combination of front passenger door and sliding rear cabin door. The split windshield is also subtler, an off-color crease rising to a slight spine that splits the rounded roof. The most special is the fenders, but more cleanly integrated into the greater body aesthetic.
The original Morris J-type relied on a forward-control engine layout for its hoodless front-end and tiny overhang. However, the new JE steps into the present with a decentralized electric powertrain. Power is supplied by a lithium-ion battery offering up to 200 miles (322 km) of range with help from the lightweight carbon fiber design.
The 2.5-tonne van offers a payload of 1 tonne (2,200 lb), with 5.5 cu m (194 cu ft) of storage accessed straight through the rear double doors. Friendly with environment and full of utilities, JE will quickly find its customers.
JE has a base price of 60,000 pounds. It plans to begin production in late 2021. Morris debuted the JE on Tuesday at The Design Museum in London. About those other body styles, Morris says: “The vehicle benefits from a lightweight, modular chassis, making it highly adaptable for future derivatives, such as a pickup, minibus or camper van.” It also vows to never produce an ICE-based vehicle, so any future models will also be electrified.
JE will be a stylish and busy car in your playground. Using extra batteries to use for TVs or other electrical devices, you will surely not regret it.