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 â€œoverwhelminglyâ€ 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 customersâ€™ 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-typeâ€™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-typeâ€™s gearbox.
Full technical details havenâ€™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 carâ€™s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and keeping the driving experience in line with theÂ original vehicle.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: â€œWeâ€™ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classicÂ car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.
â€œE-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise andÂ craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Roverâ€™s dedication toÂ creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.â€
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.