Jaguar to produce electric version of classic E-type

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Jaguar is to produce an electric version of its classic E-type sports car.

The new car will feature similar technology to that in the new Jaguar I-PACE and apart from zero emissions, promises to have even quicker acceleration than the original Series 1 E-type.

Jaguar Classic will be offering tailor-made E-types which have been restored and converted to electric power. The restoration will take place at the company’s Special Vehicle Operations facility at Ryton, near Coventry.

The company will also be offering an electric vehicle (EV) conversion for existing E-type owners.

Tim Hanning, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, 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.

“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.”

Jaguar Classic is targeting a range in excess of 170 miles for the all-electric E-types, helped by the car’s low kerb weight and sleek aerodynamics. The concept is powered by a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged in six to seven hours, depending on power source.

Apart from its state-of-the-art powertrain, modified instrumentation and fascia showcasing the latest touchscreen infotainment (which will be available as an option), the E-type Zero concept is largely original. Efficient LED headlights complement the iconic Series 1 design.

An electric powertrain with single-speed reduction gear has been specially designed for the E-type, utilising many Jaguar I-PACE components. 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. It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type with front-rear weight distribution unchanged.

Pricing details have yet to be announced and deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.