The E in these Jags stands for Electric.
Jaguar has announced that it will be offering all-electric E-types for sale following the successful reception of the EV concept at last year's Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest. “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," said Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director.
He went on to reiterate how Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emissions vehicles extends to its classic division and incorporating cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-Pace allows them to do just that.
The conversion takes core components of this latest electric SUV and combines them with custom designed items such as a single-speed reduction gear and propshaft in the E-type. A 40kWh battery takes the place of the straight-six engine, its weight and dimensions are roughly the same too.
A range of 170 miles is projected with a full recharge needing around seven hours to complete. Suspension components remain untouched and the weight distribution is exactly the same as the original car meaning that the driving dynamics should remain the same. Acceleration is said to be a fair bit quicker, although exact numbers for these conversions have yet to be released.
Outwardly there is very little to differentiate an electric version from an original car aside from a set of LED headlights. Cockpit changes are a bit more noticeable, featuring a modified instrumentation panel and optional touchscreen infotainment system.
Owners of existing E-types will also be able to have the conversion carried out but to preserve their authenticity it will be completely reversible. Deliveries of the first factory-built electric E-types should begin in the summer of 2020, until then you can get a glimpse of the E-type Zero concept, finished in a Bespoke Bronze paint finish, at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering.