Jaguar is making an all-electric E-Type a reality
Jaguar is reviving its timeless E-Type for the modern age by offering up an all-electric version of the classic sports car. Building upon the E-Type Zero concept car unveiled in 2017, Jaguar’s push to convert E-Types to an EV is part of a restoration project for classic car lovers with an environmental – or just technological – mindset.The Jaguar E-Type Zero is designed to look and drive exactly like the original, except this time it’s powered by similar technology to what’s found inside the manufacturer’s I-Pace electric SUV. Because it’s adopted a 40kWh battery and shed its original engine, it’s capable of acceleration faster than that of the original Series 1 E-Type and Jaguar is estimating a range “in excess of” 170 miles. It should also charge to full in six to seven hours, depending on power source. Jaguar hasn’t said if it supports 100kW charging, but if its running off the same tech as the I-Pace, it’s likely it will.
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Interestingly, the battery installed into the E-Type Zero is of roughly the same size and weight as the original six-cylinder XK engine and is nestled in the same location, which Jaguar say ensures that performance isn’t impacted. The same is said of the car’s electric motor in place of the E-Type’s gearbox and the Zero’s powertrain works with the original structure, suspension and brakes to ensure nothing about the car’s personality changes.
The Jaguar E-Type Zero isn’t just a publicity stunt either, Jaguar is offering all existing E-Type owners a chance to convert their car to the E-Type Zero, promising that it’s a fully reversible process. All E-Type Zero production and conversions will take place at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Coventry who currently work on the E-Type Reborn restoration project.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic,” said Tim Hanning, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. “E-Type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-Type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero-emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”
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A new version of the E-Type Zero, finished in a Bespoke Bronze paint job, will be debuted later today (Friday, 24 August) at the US car show The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering.
Actual technical specifications and pricing details for the E-Type Zero are still yet to be announced. However, Jaguar says that it’s currently taking expressions of interest from potential clients and it will deliver its first E-Type Zero cars to clients from summer 2020.