Jaguar is targeting ‘a range in excess of 170 miles,’ and expects to have the first electric E-types ready for customers in the summer of 2020.
Jaguar’s classic E-type from the 1960s is getting an environmentally friendly upgrade with plans for an all-electric, zero-emission version of the sports car.
Jaguar first showed off a concept version of the electric-powered E-type in September. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept,” Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig said in a statement.
The company is targeting “a range in excess of 170 miles.” The concept version has a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged in six to seven hours.
The electric powertrain is a similar size and weight as the standard petrol engine and transmission, meaning “the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and keeping the driving experience in line with the original vehicle,” the company said. “It drives, handles, rides, and breaks like an original E-type with front-rear weight distribution unchanged.”
Pricing details are a mystery, but Jaguar is now accepting “expressions of interest” from prospective buyers. If you want one, you’ll have to be patient. Jaguar expects to have the first electric E-types ready for customers in the summer of 2020.
Jaguar also plans to offer a conversion service for current E-type owners who want to turn theirs into an EV. The conversion “will be fully reversible” so as to “preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle.”
Meanwhile, Google parent company Alphabet’s autonomous car unit Waymo recently teamed with Jaguar to design and engineer a fully self-driving version of the automaker’s electric I-Pace sport-utility vehicle. Waymo said that over “the next few years” it expects to add “up to 20,000” self-driving Jaguar I-PACEs to its self-driving taxi fleet, which also includes Chrysler Pacifica minivans.