Plans to build the Jaguar E-Type Zero have been halted.
Back in 2017, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works unveiled the exquisite E-Type Zero concept. Based on the original 1960s E-Type Series 1.5 Roadster, the roadster was converted into a fully electric sports car concept for the 21st century. The result was one of the most beautiful electric cars ever made and was even faster and lighter than the original model.
Replacing the original E-Type's straight-six was an electric drivetrain developed by Rimac featuring a 40kWh battery providing a 175-mile range a 295-hp electric motor. On the outside, the E-Type Zero has been modernized with LED headlights, and the interior has been upgraded with a modified instrumentation panel and an optional touchscreen infotainment system.
Reactions to the concept were so positive that Jaguar announced plans to put the all-electric E-Type into production last year with components shared with the Jaguar I-Pace. It was going to be sold either as a standalone electric car or allow owners to convert their classic E-Type using a conversion kit. First deliveries of the Jaguar E-Type Zero were slated to start in 2020. Unfortunately, these plans have now been halted.
As reported by Electrek, Paul Hegarty, a manager for Jaguar Land Rover Classic, has been contacting customers who expressed interest in the E-Type Zero.
"I am contacting you as you were one of the first to express interest in the all-electric Jaguar E-type Zero. It is with regret that I inform you that we have taken a difficult decision to pause the development of the production vehicle for the time being," Hegarty wrote.
"While we look forward to bringing this innovative vehicle and technology to our customers in the future, for now we are focusing our resources on the next generation of world-class Classic products and services." While the project hasn't been cancelled, it seems unlikely that the E-Type Zero will enter production given Jaguar Land Rover's recent financial setbacks, which is a huge shame.