Jaguar has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale, following the concept’s debut at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest last year.
The British automaker will use technology from its new I-PACE SUV to convert classic E-types to zero-emissions versions of the iconic sports car.
Jaguar Classic will restore and convert the cars to electric power at the same Classic Works facility in which its current E-type Reborn cars are built in Coventry.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept,” commented JLR Classic Director Tim Hanning.
“Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.
“E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”
Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential clients, while deliveries will begin in summer 2020.
Full technical specifications and pricing details will follow, although the concept had a targeted range of 170 miles, powered by a 40 kWh battery.
It features a single-speed reduction gear that has been specially designed for the E-type, using many components from the I-PACE.
Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions and similar weight to the standard E-type’s six-cylinder engine, and is placed in the same location.
The electric motor lies behind the battery pack, in place of the gearbox.
The car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, which simplifies the conversion and keeps the driving experience in line with the original vehicle.
Jaguar says it “drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type.”