Jaguar shoehorns an electric drivetrain into a Jaguar E-Type Zero and creates Jaguar E-Type Zero
Jaguar has taken a 1968 1.5 series Jaguar E-Type roadster and it has swapped the combustion engine and transmission for a bespoke all-electric drivetrain, and they’ve called it the Jaguar E-Type Zero, as the car produces zero emissions, presumably.
Jaguar says the carefully engineered 46kWh battery pack has the same dimensions and a similar weight as the E-Type’s original XE petrol engine. Total weight is 46kg less than with the original engine and gearbox. The E-Type Zero will launch from 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds, however, Jaguar has limited the E-Type Zero’s power to 220kW in order to maintain the E-Type’s driving characteristics.
Range is estimated to be 270km and a full charge should take six to seven hours, depending on the power source.
Additional changes include a modern but historically sympathetic interior, and LED headlights to save even more energy.
The car was developed by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry and is symbolic of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electric power, and all new Jaguar Land Rover models will have some sort of electric propulsion from 2020, and the all-new and all-electric i-Pace SUV will go on sale in 2018.
Jaguar is pondering bringing the electric classic to market according Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic “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.”