Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer electrically-powered versions of the classic sportscar for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sportscar’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest.
Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its E-type Reborn restorations in the UK.
An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible.
Besides high performance and quicker acceleration than the original Series 1 E-type, Jaguar Classic is aiming to provide a range in excess of around 270 kms. This is expected to be possible with the car’s low kerb weight and sleek aerodynamics. The concept car was powered by a 40kWh lithium-ion battery which can be recharged in 6 to 7 hours, depending on power source. The battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight to the standard E-type’s 6-cylinder petrol XK engine and is in the same location.
“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,” said Tim Hanning. Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
More detailed technical specifications and pricing will follow. Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest for the car, which will also have the same name as the concept model. Deliveries of the first electric units are expected to start from mid-2020.