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Unmistakeable lines of the classic E-type are unsullied by the electric conversion
Unmistakeable lines of the classic E-type are unsullied by the electric conversion

JAGUAR is putting the electric in E-type with confirmation of zero emission all-electric conversions for the iconic classic sports car – and bringing even better performance.

The electric vehicle (EV) move heralding a new life for classics in the guise of the E-Type Zero follows an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’.

It follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017. In this year’s GQ Car of the Year Awards Jaguar’s zero-emissions E-type Zero was named as ‘Best Use of Electricity Since the Lightbulb.’

Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.

The Jaguar E-type Zero concept not only drives and looks like an E-type, it also offers outstanding performance, with quicker acceleration than the original Series 1 E-type.

Jaguar Classic is targeting a range in excess of 170 miles for all-electric E-types, helped by the car’s low kerb weight and sleek aerodynamics. The concept is powered by a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged in six to seven hours, depending on power source.

Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-Pace, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry.

Existing owners will also be offered the EV conversion service – and to preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the conversion will be fully reversible.

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.

Plug and play: charging the electric E-type under the original filler flap will take about six hours which the dash gets a radical new look
Plug and play: charging the electric E-type under the original filler flap will take about six hours which the dash gets a radical new look

“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.”

Technical specifications and pricing details will follow, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients by email at zero@jaguarlandrover.com / calling 0203 601 1255 or via www.jaguar.com/classic.

Apart from its state-of-the-art powertrain, modified instrumentation and fascia showcasing the latest touchscreen infotainment (which will be available as an option), the E-type Zero concept is largely original. Efficient LED headlights complement the iconic Series 1 design.

An electric powertrain with single-speed reduction gear has been specially designed for the E-type, utilising many Jaguar I-Pace components. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the standard E-type’s six-cylinder petrol XK engine and is in the same location.

The electric motor lies just behind the battery pack, in place of the E-type’s gearbox. A new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive.

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.

It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type with front-rear weight distribution unchanged.



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