Is this the sexiest electric car so far? Jaguar Land Rover unveils E-type Zero and pledges to go all electric by 2020

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Forget the Nissan Leaf or even the Tesla Model 3. Jaguar Land Rover is launching an electric version of its classic 1960s E-type and we want one. Now.

The electric Jaguar E-type called the E-type Zero Roadster is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain for 0-60mph in just 5.5sec.

It was engineered by Jaguar Classic at the company’s new Classic Works in Warwickshire, UK.

The E-type Zero roadster is said to have a real-world range of 270km (just under 170 miles) thanks to a 40kWh battery that can be fully recharged in six to seven hours. See YouTube video below: 

Tim Hannig, chief of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, told The Verge that the company’s “aim with the E-type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership. We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.”

The announcement of the new E-type Zero Roadster comes as Jaguar Land Rover announces the electrification of all its vehicles from 2020.

Speaking at its inaugural Tech Fest, a series of debates and a free public exhibition about the future of mobility taking place in London, Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice.

“We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles.”

Images below courtesy of Neal Anderson

 

 

The company is currently working on a number of initiatives to meet its electric goals, including this AI steering wheel, but none quite so eye catching as this classic e-Type.

In July, Volvo announced that from 2019 onwards all of its vehicles will be partially or completely battery-powered too, in what the company called a “historic end” to building models that only have an internal combustion engine.

Tech Fest 2017 is a free-to-enter festival taking place at the internationally recognised Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. It is open to the public from Friday 8 September to Sunday 10 September.

 

 

Chris Price