A “fully electric” version of the classic Jaguar E-Type has been launched, capable of a swift 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic division has presented an electric-powered version of the Jaguar E-Type at the company’s Tech Fest in London today. The vehicle is dubbed the Jaguar E-Type Zero, and was fully restored and converted at Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic Works in Coventry.
The car that’s being displayed at Tech Fest is actually a restored Series 1.5 Roadster, and is completely original in its specification – apart from the brand new electric powertrain, of course.
Jaguar has also fitted out the vehicle with “modified” instrumentation and facia, although the team tried to keep the design inspired by the original E-Type. The only other major change is the adoption of LED headlights, which are to ensure good energy efficiency. The styling from the original Series 1 E-Type has been retained, however.
Tim Hannig, the Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “E-Type Zero combines the renowned E-Type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation.”
He went on: “Our aim with E-Type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership. We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.”
Jaguar’s 220kW electric powertrain was specially designed for the E-Type Zero, and utilises a lithium-ion battery pack that has the same dimensions as – and a similar weight to – the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-Type. This electric powertrain has even been placed in “precisely the same location” as the old XK engine.
Retaining various aspects of the car’s internal design means that Jaguar has been able to ensure the new car “drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-Type”, and that the front-rear weight distribution remains unchanged.
The new car has a ‘real world’ range of around 170 miles (270km), and uses a 40kWh battery that can be recharged at home overnight. Jaguar says is typically takes six to seven hours to charge, depending on the power source.
The vehicle was revealed alongside an announcement that all new Jaguar Land Rover model lines from 2020 and beyond would use either hybrid or fully-electric powertrains.
Details are thin on the ground regarding a release, but a Jaguar spokesperson did confirm to Trusted Reviews that the new E-Type Zero would be “available to buy, not just a one-off”.
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