Jaguar Classic Division Presents Electric E-Type! Last week, we reported that JLR is planning to electrify every vehicle by 2020, but now it seems that may even extend to their classic cars. This zero-emissions new model is based on the 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster and features an electric powertrain that enables an impressive 0-62 mph in an outstanding 5.5 seconds. Engineered by the Jaguar Land Rover Classics Division in Warwickshire, UK, the electrified classic debuted at the JLR Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London, alongside the all-new steering concept, Sayer.
“In order to seamlessly combine the new electric powertrain of E-type Zero with the dynamic set-up of the original E-type specification, we have limited the vehicle’s power output. We believe this provides the optimum driving experience. E-type Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation. 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.” – Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic
In the official press release, Jaguar explains, “An electric powertrain developing 220kW has been specially designed for the E-type Zero. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. The experts responsible for developing the electric powertrain have ensured it will be placed in precisely the same location as the XK engine. The electric motor (and reduction gear) lies just behind the battery pack, in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. A new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type.”
Learn more about the “most beautiful car in the world” in the video below: