Jaguar to produce

electric E-Type

Jaguar E-Type Zero, 2018, front
Jaguar E-Type Zero, 2018, side
Jaguar E-Type Zero, 2018, rear
Jaguar E-Type Zero, 2018, interior
Jaguar E-Type Zero, 2018, motor
Jaguar E-Type Zero, 2018, charging

JAGUAR is bringing back the iconic E-Type as an electric car which will be built by its Classic's division in Coventry.

The E-Type Zero, famously driven by Prince Harry as he took Meghan Markle to their wedding reception at Windsor in May, will be available in 2020.

Prices have yet to be revealed but at the car's debut in 2017 it was rumoured to cost more than £300,000.

Existing E-Type owners will also have the chance to have their vehicles converted to electric power by the Classic Works team - and the conversion will be fully reversible.

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, and gives it a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 5.5 seconds - faster than the original.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic directorsaid: 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 says that apart from its state-of-the-art powertrain, modified instrumentation and facia showcasing the latest - and optional - touchscreen infotainment the electric E-Type is largely original.

An electric powertrain with single-speed reduction gear has been specially designed for the E-Type, utilising many components from Jaguar's I-PACE electric SUV. 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 under the bonnet.

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