Jaguar has announced that it is combining its modern electric powertrain and battery technology with perhaps its most iconic car of all time.
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Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will create all-electric E-types through a new conversion service.
It follows the debut of the car at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017 and of course, when it was used at the Royal Wedding earlier this year.
It will combine some of the cutting-edge technology used when developing the Jaguar I-Pace and the tailor-made and meticulous craftsmanship of Jaguar Classic.
E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, 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.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “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.”
Specs for the cars have yet to be fully divulged but it could follow the lead of the e-Type Zero concept car.
Therefore the car is likely to be powered by a 40kWh battery which delivers range in excess of 170 miles on a single charge.
It can be recharged in six to seven hours, depending on power source.
In addition to the modern powertrain and power system ti will also feature a modified instrumentation and fascia showcasing the latest touchscreen infotainment (which will be available as an option)
However, the E-type Zero concept is largely original apart from this and should look and feel like an original E-Type.
An electric powertrain with single-speed reduction gear has been specially designed for the E-type, utilising many Jaguar I-PACE components.
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.
The electric motor lies just behind the battery pack, in place of the E-type’s gearbox.
A new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive.
Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.
The latest iteration of the E-type Zero concept finished in a Bespoke Bronze paint finish, will give the car its US debut at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering on Friday 24 August.