Jaguar unveils electrified E-Type
Jaguar has revealed an electrified version of the classic E-Type.
Named E-Type Zero, the historic roadster features a bespoke electric drivetrain, and was displayed at Jaguar Land Rover’s recent Tech Fest event in London.
The car, a 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type, was restored and converted by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry.
An electric motor pro- ducing 220kW means the classic sports car is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, a second quicker than with the original internal combustion engine.
A real-world range of 170 miles is claimed by Jaguar, with an estimated six-toseven-hour charge time.
The bespoke powertrain has been built to match the dimensions of the original running gear, meaning no modifications have been made to the chassis to accommodate it.
As a result, the petrol engine and manual gearbox can be refitted at any time, while the electric running gear could be fitted to any Jaguar models of the same period – namely the XK120, Mk2 and XJ6.
Jaguar says the car still handles, rides and brakes exactly like an original E-Type.