The production version of Jaguar E-type Zero was revealed Thursday evening in Monterey, California at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“E-type Zero presents the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the skills and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to creating zero emission vehicles throughout every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic,” stated Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover’s classic director.
Combining restoration skills with the zero-emissions technology that made Jaguar’s I-PACE SUV so profitable, the new E-type Zero will be a custom-made car revived to be an environmentally friendly electric vehicle.
These specified restoration and conversion jobs will be completed at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility located in Coventry, U.K., which managed Jaguar E-type Reborn restorations.
The E-type Zero will utilize an electric powertrain battery pack that is same in weight and dimensions to the departing gasoline engine and transmission. This comparability will make sure a smooth conversion, as neither the car’s suspension nor brakes will be modified, keeping the driving and handling experience the similar to the original E-type. The electric vehicle conversion is completely reversible.
According to Jaguar Land Rover, the E-type Zero is going to have a quicker acceleration compared to the original Series 1 E-Type. The car concerns a driving range in excess of 170 miles prior to charge and will be functioned by a 40kWh battery that should only take six to seven hours to be recharged, depending on the power source.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry drove a prototype version of the Jaguar E-type Zero away from their May 2018 royal wedding reception.