Classic E-Type restored and converted to run on electricity is unveiled

Classic E-Type restored and converted to run on electricity is unveiled

JAGUAR has revealed an electrified classic E-Type restored and converted at its Classic Works division in Coventry.

Named E-Type Zero, the historic roadster features a bespoke electric drivetrain and will be on display at Jaguar Land Rover’s Tech Fest event being held at Central Saint Martins art school in London from tomorrow to Sunday.

The Jaguar E-Type Zero's electric engine

The Jaguar E-Type Zero’s electric engine

An electric motor producing 220kW means the 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 5.3 seconds – a second quicker than with the original internal combustion engine.

A real-world range of 170 miles is claimed by Jaguar, with an estimated six-to-seven-hour charge time. The bespoke powertrain has been built to match the dimensions of the original running gear, meaning no modifications have been made to the chassis to accommodate it.

Inside the cabin of the Jaguar E-Type Zero

Inside the cabin of the Jaguar E-Type Zero

As a result, the petrol engine and manual gearbox can be refitted at any time, while the electric running gear could be fitted to any Jaguar models of the same period — namely the XK120, Mk2 and XJ6.

Jaguar says the car still handles, rides and brakes exactly like an original E-Type.

Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: ‘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.’

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