Confirmed: Jaguar to offer fully electric E-type in 2020
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Due to 'overwhelmingly positive reaction' to an earlier concept, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer the iconic E-type with an all-electric powertrain in 2020.
Following on from the E-type Zero concept that debut in September 2017, the new builds will combine Jaguar Classic's restoration expertise with Jaguar's latest EV technology used in the I-Pace - the company's first series production EV.
The zero-emission E-types will be restored and converted at the same Classic Works facility that produces the petrol-powered E-type Reborn series in Coventry, UK. An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered.
To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, Jaguar Classic say the EV conversion will be fully reversible if the owner ever decides they wants their straight-six engine back.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig said 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,” said Hanning.
The target for Jaguar's E-type Zero was a range in excess of 270km, powered by a 40kWh battery which can be recharged in six to seven hours depending on power source. 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. Jaguar Classics say this means electric E-types will drive, handle, ride and brake like the original with unchanged front-rear weight distribution.
Apart from its electirc powertrain, modified instrumentation (which will be available as an option), the E-type Zero concept is largely original.
Technical specifications and pricing details will be announced next year. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from 2020.