Jaguar to put all-electric E-type Zero into production

Jaguar to put all-electric E-type Zero into production
Jaguar to put all-electric E-type Zero into production

Jaguar has confirmed that it will put into production an all-electric version of its iconic E-type.

The sports car maker says that following an “overwhelmingly” positive response to its E-type Zero concept revealed last year it will offer customers the chance to buy their own zero-emission E-type.

The cars will be created by Jaguar Classic in Coventry using original models restored and converted to run on an all-electric drivetrain and finished to individual customers’ requirements.

Jaguar says it will also offer a fully reversible conversion service for existing E-type owners.

The E-type Zero uses a specially designed powertrain based largely on the components from the I-Pace EV. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions as, and similar weight to, the standard E-type’s six-cylinder petrol XK engine and is in the same location, with the electric motor located immediately behind it, in place of the E-type’s gearbox.

Jaguar E-type Zero
The battery and motor fit into the same space as the original engine and gearbox

Full technical details haven’t been finalised but Jaguar says the E-type Zero will accelerate faster than the original Series 1 E-type and offer a range of at last 170 miles from its 40kWh battery.

It also says that the EV E-type will drive, handle, ride and brake like the original car. Using an electric powertrain with similar weight and dimensions to the outgoing petrol engine and transmission means the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and keeping the driving experience in line with the original vehicle.

Jaguar E-type Zero
The modern touchscreen is an optional extra

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “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.

“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.”

Apart from its 21st century powertrain, LED headlights, modified instrumentation and optional touchscreen fascia, the E-type Zero is largely original.

No details of price have been revealed but Jaguar is already inviviting inquiries from customers and says the first models will be delivered summer 2020.

Jaguar E-type Zero
Jaguar says that away from the drivetrain the E-type Zero maintains the car’s original features

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