In an exciting announcement for classic car fans everywhere, Jaguar Classic has announced the production of a zero-emission version of its iconic E-Type model.
The E-Type was launched in 1961 and was in production until 1975, and now following its debut California’s Monterey Car Week on 23 August 2018, it has been granted a chance to enter the 21st-century car market.
Dubbed the E-Type Zero, the concept car was first revealed in 2017. A prototype made headlines as the car in which the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan drove from Windsor Castle to their reception during the Royal Wedding.
A price has not yet been confirmed, and instead of a set production number for the electric luxury sports car, Jaguar has invited expressions of interest from prospective clients. The electrified model of this world-famous car is set to hit the road in summer 2020.
If you have an E-Type in your garage, you’re not missing out. For owners of existing Jaguar E-Types, the manufacturer is offering a ‘fully-reversible’ EV conversion to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “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 has already proven themselves in the electric-vehicle (EV) market with theI-Pace, which you can Lease here at Hippo, so it is exciting to see what they deliver with a classic car such as this.
In terms of performance, here’s what we know of the zero-emission E-Type Zero so far:
Acceleration: 5.5 seconds
Top Speed: 150mph
Charge Time: 6-7 hrs
Acceleration of the prototype revealed in 2017 is quicker than the original E-Type, with the EV model capable of 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds, a full second quicker than the original. According to magazine AutoExpress, the car will be able to reach a top-speed of 150mph, although this is limited to 100mph in the prototype. AutoExpress also remark that the electric car is 80kg lighter than the original.
The British automaker is targeting a real-world range of 170 miles for this battery-powered beauty. The EV is powered by a 40kWh battery that van be fully charged in six to seven hours.
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.
Jaguar says that using an electric powertrain with similar weight and dimensions to the petrol engine and transmission means the electric E-Type’s structure – including suspension and brakes – has not changed. This has the effect of simplifying the conversion and keeping the driving experience in line with the original vehicle.
This means that despite having a modern electric motor, the E-Type Zero drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type. The front-rear weight distribution is unchanged, which Jaguar claims will future-proof the classic model.
Until this E-Type hits the roads in 2020, you can experience driving an electric Jaguar by leasing an I-Pace from Hippo Leasing. Call us at 01254 956666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with a member of our team about your requirements. View all deals here.