Electric dreams: Jaguar has unveiled an electric E-Type and it's gorgeous

by Ben Pena September 8, 2017, 0:28
Electric dreams: Jaguar has unveiled an electric E-Type and it's gorgeous

Those who love the sound of Jaguar Land Rover's vehicles might be upset to hear the company is planning electric versions of every model in the showroom after the year 2020.

In July, the United Kingdom government announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles would be banned by 2040 as part of its clean air strategy, forcing manufacturers to adopt electrification on new models in some form or another.

JLR is set to launch its first fully electric model, the SUV Jaguar I-Pace, next year. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.

This new electric drivetrain lets the auto once called "the most attractive vehicle in the world" by Enzo Ferrari go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds-faster than the original Series 1 E-Type. This is still enough for the E-type Zero to slice a second off of its original six-cylinder sprint to 60-mph, clocking in at a healthy 5.5 seconds. So, the E-type vehicles that have been released in the past is going to be eligible to install and use the electric powertrain.

Many electric cars boast futuristic designs - take a look at the BMW i8 - or at least slightly updated takes on current cars, but the Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero gives us a taste of a classic with 21st century tech under the hood.

While that doesn't mean fully-electric Jaguars and Land Rovers just yet (though those are certainly on the way) the plan ensures neither company should be left behind rivals in the development of alternative powertrains.

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Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: "E-type Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification".

A JLR spokesman confirmed to AM that "We will deliver BEV, PHEV, MHEV, ultra clean diesel and petrol - whatever our customers want".

In fact, the all-new electric drivetrain weighs about 100 lbs less than the original engine, mounted to preserve the E-Type's weight distribution and driving through the original rear differential.

Jaguar's concept is called the Future-Type, and the good news for fans of the brand is that the concept still has a steering wheel.


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