A new meaning to E-Type: Jaguar reveals electric classic

Published: 07 September 2017

► Jaguar E-Type Zero
► A zero-emission classic
► At Jaguar’s tech fest

The powertrain of the future has met one of motoring past’s most iconic cars as Jaguar has created the E-Type Zero.

Yes, one particular model of what was called ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by Enzo Ferrari has been electrified as Jaguar amps up its electrification plans.

The E-Type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type Roadster, but has been restored and modified by Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic Works division.

Jaguar E-Type Zero interior

The electric powertrain is bespoke to the Zero, which uses a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is roughly the same size and weight as the original straight-six powerplant. Jag says it could theoretically swap any XK-engined classic with this electric powertrain.

A zero to 62mph launch time of 5.5 seconds is noted and Jaguar claims a ‘real world’ range of around 170 miles and a charge time of around six hours.

Jaguar E-Type Zero plug

Director of JLR Classic, Tim Hannig, said: ‘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.’

Jag’s E-Type Zero is on show at Jaguar’s Tech Fest in London, where Dr. Ralf Speth confirmed that all Jaguar Land Rover products would be electrified by 2020.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches