Electrified Jaguar E-type uses parts from the upcoming I-Pace to offer silent and zero emission performance.
Jaguar will be launching its first all-electric model – called I-Pace – next year, but the team at JLR Classic has already borrowed some of the car’s components to produce the fully-electric E-type Zero.
With electric car technology evolving at a staggering rate, the small-scale electrification of classic cars has become inevitable. There are already a number of small companies specialising in the process, but now a major manufacturer has stepped up to make electric-powered classics a reality.
The most beautiful electric car in the world? The Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, which is externally almost identical to a conventional car. Inside, the dashboard features a carbon fibre facia, along with a modern touch screen interface and dials, bringing a distinctly modern feel to the interior.
Put together by Jaguar Land Rover’s new Classic Works in Warwickshire, the E-type Zero uses many components from the company’s first production electric car – the I-Pace. Jaguar says that the 40kWh battery gives a real-world range of 170 miles, and can be charged overnight at home, in about six to seven hours.
The 220kW motor has been specifically designed for the E-type, and the lithium-ion battery pack has similar dimensions and weight to the outgoing XK engine – meaning that suspension, brakes and all other mechanical components can remain unchanged. The motor sits in place of the original gearbox, which passes through a new propshaft that sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive.
Although final weight is around 80kg less than a standard E-type, Jaguar says that ‘It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type’. It will also do 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds.
Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: ‘We could use this technology to transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar’. That means that the way Jaguar Classic has designed this package, it could be adapted to work in any XK-engined classic, from XK120 to XJ6.
Will they build a production version? Although Jaguar hasn’t confirmed production just yet, it certainly has the means, and probably the demand, to make it a reality. Hannig went on to say: ‘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.’
The E-type Zero will go on show at Jaguar’s inaugural Tech Fest, alongside the new I-Pace as well as the ‘Future-Type’, which is Jaguar’s vision for motoring in 2040 and beyond. Taking place at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, the free-to-enter festival is open from Friday 8 September to Sunday 10 September.