Few news stories encapsulate just how far the demand for green cars has progressed like the announcement that Morgan – the quintessential British sports car manufacturer – will go green by 2020.
Considering the British marque's cars are well known for their wooden interior trim pieces and distinctly retro styling, the reveal that its lineup will include both hybrid and electric options in the next five years is all the more interesting.
Not only is Morgan an important link between modern motoring and it's more modest roots, the company also still produces a three-wheeled vehicle that looks like it belongs the previous century.
So, what do Kiwi fuel card users need to know about this surprise announcement?
Morgan merges the past and the future
Despite the fact a range of Morgans will come equipped with both hybrid and electric engine options by 2020, the marque is assuring people that it won't lost touch with its roots during the transition.
As the recent announcement reveals, Morgan will continue to produce rear-wheel drive sports cars that reflect the styling cues which defined the company's reputation as a uniquely British manufacturer.
According to Morgan operations director Steve Morris, the car will be proof that the move to green cars doesn't mean the end of having fun behind the wheel.
"We wanted to see how much fun you can have in an electric sportscar, so we have built one to help us find out," he explained.
"The Plus E combines Morgan's traditional look with high-technology construction and a powertrain that delivers substantial torque instantly at any speed."
Ultimately, this news is further indication as to where the automotive industry will head over the coming years, meaning drivers will have to get used to a range of different cars and engine configurations.