The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made

by Martin Bigg
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Electric cars don’t always have to look hideous.
Enzo Ferrari famously described the Jaguar E-Type as "the most beautiful car ever made", and it's hard to argue. In contrast, most modern electric cars leave a lot to be desired in the looks department. So Jaguar decided to convert an original 1960s E-Type into a fully electric sports car concept for the modern age. Dubbed the Jaguar E-Type Zero, this all-electric beauty is the latest creation from Jaguar Land Rover Classic, a division that gives some of the company’s most iconic cars new leases of life as continuation models.
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
Revealed at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London alongside the Future-Type Concept and I-Pace to coincide with Jaguar’s plans to have every new car electrified from 2020, the E-Type Zero is based on an original Series 1.5 Roadster. From the outside, it looks like an original specification 1968 E-Type. JLR Classic has added more efficient LED lights and tweaked the instrumentation and facia, but these changes are still in keeping with the original E-Type’s styling. Things are very different under the hood, however. Gone is the original E-Type’s XK six-cylinder engine, and in its place is a bespoke electric powertrain developing 220 kW of power.

The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions and similar weight to the original unit, while the electric motor lies just behind the battery pack in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. With these modifications, the E-Type Zero is 46 kg lighter than the original car. Jaguar says the all-electric E-Type will hit 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, has a real-world range of around 170 miles, and takes six to seven hours to recharge. If you think the idea of fitting a classic car with a 21st century electric powertrain is blasphemous, fear not, because you’re still able to reinstall the original hardware according to JLR Classic’s Director Tim Hannig.

The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
“We have integrated the new electric powertrain into the existing E-type structure, which means a conventional engine could be reinstalled at any point,” he said. “We think this is essential as it ensures a period Jaguar remains authentic to its DNA.” Also, because every Jaguar made between 1949 and 1992 adopted the same XK six-cylinder engine, the electric powertrain could potentially be used in any car from this period. Jaguar may have just found a novel way of preserving classic cars in the future here.

The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made






by Martin Bigg
The Jaguar E-Type Zero Is The Most Exquisite Electric Car Ever Made