The fully electric Jaguar E-Type has a range of up to 250 miles.
Jaguar currently doesn't have an electric sports car in its lineup, but that could soon change when the British automaker becomes an all-electric brand by 2025. The brand might not have one at the moment, but a few years ago, it did. Based on an original 1960s E-Type Series 1.5 Roadster, the 2017 E-Type Zero was a one-off concept driven by Prince Harry at the Royal Wedding. Unfortunately, plans to put the E-Type Zero into production were scrapped. To fill the void, Electrogenic, a UK firm that specializes in classic car EV conversions, has electrified the iconic E-Type just in time to celebrate the iconic sports car's 60th anniversary.
E-Type owners will have a choice of three electric powertrain options providing different driving experiences and performance levels. The entry-level Tourer conversion has a lower curb weight for improved, more nimble handling, offering a "lively balance between handling and range."
This electric E-Type variant has a top speed of around 100 mph and retains the original car's gearbox. Slotting above the Tourer trim is the Sprint conversion, which has a near-original curb weight and an electric powertrain producing 346 lb-ft of torque. Like the Touring spec, it also retains the E-Type's original gearbox. No performance figures have been released, but Electrogenic claims it "exceeds the originally quoted E-Type performance figures." Upgraded brakes and suspension are also offered to help the E-Type cope with the additional torque.
Sitting at the top of the range is the high-performance Grand Tourer spec, which removes the original gearbox and adds an electric powertrain generating 402 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque while retaining the original E-Type's exquisite looks. "As with every classic that we convert to run on electric power, the E-Type presented its own unique challenges - the main one being the weight of expectation," said Ian Newstead, Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic.
"The E-type's reputation is well-known in the industry, and living up to that is never going to be easy - but this is a wonderfully engaging car to drive."
As for the driving range, the Tourer and Sprint options offer electric ranges of 150 miles, but two optional range-extenders can add an extra 50 miles each. A single range extension is available for the Grand Tourer option that increases the range to 250 miles. Pricing for the electric E-Type conversions starts at £54,000 ($75,065) for the Tourer, £62,000 ($86,188) for the Sprint, and £80,000 ($111,210) for the Grand Tourer excluding the cost of the donor car. Electrogenic will present an electrified 1967 Series 1¼ Jaguar E-Type Coupe (an E-Type variant built primarily for the US market) at the London Classic Car Show on June 26-27.