UPDATE – Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Drove Electric Jaguar E-Type At Wedding

MAY 20 2018 BY DAVID LILLYWHITE 31

The royal wedding car driven away from Windsor was Jaguar Classic’s electric ‘E-type Zero

The Royal wedding car that Prince Harry and Meghan left Windsor Castle in today was Jaguar Classic’s all-electric E-type, first revealed in 2017 at its Tech Fest event in London, amidst a promise that all its production vehicles will be electric by 2020.

Related: World Debut – Jaguar E-Type Zero Up Close And Personal

The E-type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1½ E-type, which at some point in its life had been fitted with an American V8 engine. It was restored and converted to electric power at JLR Classic’s new 14,000m sq headquarters in Coventry. Prince Harry drove it away from Windsor Castle for an evening reception at nearby Frogmore House.

Watch This: All-Electric Classic Jaguar E-Type Zero Review

By placing the lithium-ion battery where the famous six-cylinder XK engine once sat, and the 220kW electric motor and reduction gear directly behind it – in place of the four-speed gearbox – the E-type Zero retains virtually the same weight distribution as the original – although the Zero is actually 100lb, or 45kg, lighter which should ensure near identical handling. A new propshaft connects the electric powertrain to the original differential and final drive.

Performance improves upon the original 246bhp model, with a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds, a second faster. Although with the same aerodynamics and final drive, top speed would be similar were it not for JLR limiting it to 100mph. However, it reaches that top speed in 10 seconds, a full six seconds faster than the original’s 0-100 time.

What’s important to note is that the battery and new powertrain are slotted into the spaces previously occupied by original engine and gearbox. Indeed, the Zero’s bodywork and interior is unchanged except for LED headlights (for improved energy efficiency) and revised instruments and dashboard.

Also, an XK-shaped electric powertrain could also be fitted to any other Jaguar originally fitted with the XK engine; so XK120, XK140, XK150, XJ6, Mk2, MkXI, S-type, 420, Daimler Double Six and even the Daimler DS420 in which the XK engine lived on until 1992.

JLR Classic director Tim Hannig says, ‘This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation. We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.’

The Zero uses technology developed for the new Jaguar I-Pace, which goes on sale in 2018. Jaguar had stated that the decision on whether or not the Zero will go into (very) low-volume production will depend entirely on customer interest. We suspect customer interest has just soared! You can see more on the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works website.

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31 Comments on "UPDATE – Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Drove Electric Jaguar E-Type At Wedding"

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mx15

Yes, well, aside from the supreme smoothness of an electric power plant, the instant response times, the lack of noise on country drives, this will have maybe a bit more reliability, say in the range of 1000%.

Steven

Just as long as Lucas had nothing to do with it.

G2

Lucas AKA “The Prince of Darkness”

mx15

And these classic Jag’s have such beautiful lines, this is really a brilliant idea.

offib

There is literally nowhere for me to escape this yet another rubbish monarchial wedding fest. Thaaanks lads…..

But the converted Jag gets some attention, so there’s some good to be had with this..

dan

Except for the title and the first sentence, there is no reference to the royals anywhere else in the article. Lighten up.

offib

I am, trying at least, but it’s hard when there’s also brexit and 8th amendment drama and woes going on too.

eject

Weirdly I think the EU plates are a statement made by the royals. There are no coincidences when it comes to stuff like that.

Mister G

Very nice if true. CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS thanks for caring about our planet

Darth

Battery capacity?

Buttwizard69420

170 mile range gives you something to work backwards from; it’s an older conversion too, so there’s probably major gains to be had from using more modern components; a 250 mile Classic Electric Jag to drive to work each day? Sign me up. I could finally fulfill my dream of an electric TWR XJS.

JoeInTheUK

“Sign me up”
$400,000

Still want to sign ?

sveno

40kWh

G2

While I can’t wait for LICE vehicles to be just a memory, there are classic designs that deserve to continue to be ‘out and about’ in society, and being converted to full electric is the way to go!

David

Nice! It seems the Royals have an arrangement with Jaguar. Prince Charles used an I Pace on a recent trip to India.

Will

Premier British carmaker

Tedfredrick

Indian

Michael

Fully Charged did a piece on this car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=610Amyhpzzk

Yep! It’s in the second linked piece. We wrote it up in the past.

Watch This: All-Electric Classic Jaguar E-Type Zero Review

Paul K

Curious. This is a British car in Britain but the steering wheel was on the left hand side. What’s up with that?

Dav8or
These are all original cars from the ’60s they have to source. Since 50 + years have passed, they can’t be choosy. Likely there are more qualified, solid examples being offered for sale in America, then followed by continental Europe. The small block Chevy conversion was very popular in America in the late ’70s and early ’80’s. It’s actually a pretty cool mod if done with an LS engine. The fact that this car had the V8 hints heavily that it came from America. Remember, they have to try to buy solid cars on the open market that aren’t rust buckets, heavily modified, or missing a lot of original parts. In addition, they don’t want to pay too much for it, so nice examples in excellent condition with original drivetrains are going to command a higher price than the V8 conversions. In fact, buying up the V8 conversion cars is perfect for them and likely the large majority are going to come from America. Having said all that, I don’t know if the Prince owns this car, or if it was just loaned to him for the occasion, but if he owns it, he should have insisted it be RHD… Read more »
wavelet

I’m fairly certain this is the actual vehicle as in the InsideEVs article & Fully Charged video a while back (it’s the same colo(u)r); that was a one-off conversion done by Jaguar themselves. It was most likely loaned only for the PR pictures and 20 miles down the road they switched to a modern car.
Jag has said it might offer the conversion as a commercial service eventually, but I’m sure that’s a long wya away.
EDIT: See Miggy’s comment below — it’s indeed the one-off conversion, and was only driven from wedding to reception, about 2mi.

Timmy

Was wondering the same thing. Maybe an homage to the/his American bride?

TomBrown

Lol it would’ve been sweet if he had let her drive!

Now that would have been awesome!

I saw one news report that made the claim the the left hand drive was a nod to her American background, but really, this is the only electric drive Jag has at the moment.

Apexerman

I recall reading about this car last year. Very cool conversion. Although I feel the term “future proofing” is a bit fluffy, we should be able to preserve internal combustion and electric collectables without sacrificing one for the other. Part of the magic of these old machines was the mechanicalness imparted by reciprocating engines, manually-actuated gears and exhaust notes that inspired reverie. Electric is fine, but we needn’t throw the horse and buggy out with the bath water. Some people still like horses.

TomBrown

Prince Harry you got me. I was saying to myself two days ago there’s no way I’m going to pay any attention to this wedding but here you go and do something like this 🙂

TomBrown

Impressive- they got me to actually pay attention to a royal wedding detail when I was totally trying to avoid doing so.

Miggy

Prince Harry drove bride Meghan Markle to their evening reception in a silver blue electric Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero.
The electric version is based on the car built in 1968, the E-Type’s usual 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine replaced with a 40kWh battery driving a 220kW engine, which can be charged in about seven hours.
It looks and drives like the original E-Type, but it is about a second quicker at 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds.
Prince Harry kept to a sedate pace on the short drive from Windsor Castle after their wedding to the reception at Frogmore House.
About 200 close friends and family members attended.
The E-Type’s number plate E190518 represented the wedding date and the car was left-hand drive, which some attributed to the Duchess of Sussex’s American heritage.
The Concept Zero/E-Type combination provides a breath-taking driving sensation, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hannig says.
“Our aim with the E-type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership,” he said at its launch last year.
Jaguar land Rover is owned by Tata Motors.

Viriato

Destroying a jewel like an e-type or any other classic for convert in a EV, I think it’s a ridiculous thing. We must to preserve the industrial heritage as it was. Some conversions like this for a few richman, don’t help to save the planet, but is a piece of cars history that dissapears.