Electric Jaguar E-type Zero production confirmed
Jaguar Classic has confirmed that it will offer fully-built E-type Zeros and EV conversions for existing owners.
Jaguar has confirmed that it will soon offer zero-emissions electric conversions for E-type owners, with a new production version of the electrified classic – this time a bronze coloured Roadster – unveiled at The Quail, during the Monterey car week.
Prices are not yet confirmed, but the decision to put the model into production follows huge interest in the E-type Zero concept that was first seen in 2017, following its moment in the spotlight during the closing minutes of the Royal wedding.
Put together by Jaguar Land Rover’s 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.
Jaguar Classic will offer fully built up cars, rebuilt to exacting standard using everything learned from the Reborn program, as well as selling an EV conversion service for existing E-type owners that is fully reversible.
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 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. Aesthetically, the E-type Zero is very close to an original example, with a set of LED headlights and lack of exhaust tailpipe the only real differences. The interior features a few more modern touches, such as a digital display and dials, carbon fibre dashboard panel and rotary gear selector.
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.