Jaguar Reveals E-Type Zero Classic Electric Concept (w/videos)


All new Jaguars and Land Rovers to be electrified from 2020.

Jaguar and Land Rover will include an electrified version of every new model range they launch from 2020 – and two new concepts herald the firm’s switch to electrification in bold fashion. As part of the inaugural JLR Tech Fest, Jaguar has rolled out both an all-electric E-Type and an autonomous EV concept that looks at how motoring could evolve by 2040.

Jaguar E-Type Zero Electric Concept

The 2020 electrification announcement was made by JLR CEO Dr Ralf Speth. “We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles,” he said. “Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, goes on sale next year.”

Jaguar Land Rover is thus the latest company to commit to a future of electric drive, including a range of fully-electric battery-powered cars plus hybrids and plug-in hybrids, following Volvo’s headline-grabbing announcement earlier this summer.

The E-Type Zero electric car is likely to prove most controversial, although Jaguar insists it’s a positive move: this is the car that could future-proof classic motors, by making them zero-emissions so they can still be driven despite ever-tougher environmental legislation.

Jaguar E-Type Zero Electric Concept

Just a concept at this stage, Jaguar Land Rover Classic has nevertheless fully developed the machine with production potential in mind: it has replaced the classic Jaguar six-cylinder engine with batteries, an electric motor, and all the necessary control systems. But otherwise, the restored Series 1.5 E-Type from 1968 has been left well alone – suspension is identical, as are the brakes, even the driveshafts that send the electric-sourced power to the rear wheels.

It has a 170-mile real-world range, does 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in 5.5 seconds (a second faster than the original), and weighs 80 kilograms (176 pounds) less than the classic 60s sports car.

JLR Classic director Tim Hannig says the conversion could be offered by the works division, maintaining as much originality as possible. It would also be fully reversible, for added provenance. Although the concept E-Type EV has an interior with electronic instruments and a central touchscreen, even the original E-Type clocks and toggles could be retained. “You’d only need to swap the rev counter for an electronic battery meter,” he told us.

If there’s sufficient demand, Jaguar will offer the classic electric retro-conversion to customers. It won’t be cheap, and won’t be for everyone, but what better way is there to ensure you can continue to use your classic Jag come 2040?

Jaguar Future-Type Concept

With another eye to 2040, Jaguar has also revealed the Future-Type concept, an autonomous electric-driven insight into its vision of motoring in two decades. The narrow three-seat city car has 2+1 seating, a full range of infotainment screens, and a steering wheel called Sayer that can be removed from the car and double up as an artificial intelligence virtual assistant.

Jaguar even suggests that future owners could buy just the steering wheel, rather than the car itself, giving them access to a fleet of autonomous Future-Types that they could call up ‘on-demand’. Owners could also send away their own Future-Type to earn them money through car-sharing duties when they don’t need it.

Although the Future-Type is a fully autonomous car, one connected to other cars and the broader infrastructure, Jaguar design director Ian Callum is keen to stress it’s not a fully self-driving machine. “Customers tell us that their Jaguar makes them feel special. With the Future-Type, we’ve been investigating how we can keep this emotional connection in a future world where people may choose not to own a car, or when a Jaguar is an autonomous, on-demand vehicle.

“In a future age of on-demand services and car sharing, our research shows there will still be a place for luxury and premium experiences – and enjoying the drive. People will still want to travel in style and comfort, while the growth of car sharing actually increases the opportunity for people to experience what a Jaguar has to offer, even if they chose not to own one.”

Both the Jaguar E-Type Zero and Jaguar Future-Pace concept car will be on show in London this weekend as part of the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest – a free-to-enter technology exhibition held at Central Saint Martins College, Kings Cross. Also on display will be the new Jaguar I-Pace, the firm’s first all-electric car which will go on sale in 2018.

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Oh my god! I love it!

I love it’s basically an EV conversion, Unbalanced & Very Unsafe as it sits by today’s no Whiplash protection which is a crucial must have.. It looks very 0LD & out dated , they need to spruce it up , modernize it & make it safer for today’s roads & speeds..It’s Not a safe car to drive.,They need to do what Ford & Chrysler did with the Mustang & Challenger..Beef it Up !

As a motorcyclist I laugh at you complaining about a classic car being ‘unsafe’


(I’m right there with you)

E-Type Zero Classic!
If they price it right they’ll sell millions.

Volt#671 + BoltEV

I wouldn’t be caught dead in their Future garbage, but that classic rebuilt, yeah, that’s groovy! You have an iconic brand, don’t muck it up with your Voltron design team.

Slashgear says that this E-Type has a 40kWh battery.

Let us not forget Lucas, Prince of Darkness

Not exactly a history of reliable electricity!

Beautiful though!

But you don’t have to tune the carbs either… its a trade off.

Forget Lucas, Lucas is Historectomy Now ..

Inventor of the Intermittent Wipers… Headlights… Ignition System… Etc.

Lucas brought out a vacuum cleaner a few years ago, it was their only product that didn’t suck.

Always loved the E-Type.

You really have to parse these “all models to be electrified by 20xx” statements. As I read this one, every new model introduced after 2020 will have some sort of hybrid or EV version available.

To Volvo, the statement includes Mild Hybrid and I think a battery-powered cigarette lighter?

+1 on the old Jag. Carbon dash isn’t authentic, but looks nice. I remember the episode of Fast & Loud, where Richard gets a seemingly wasted Jag, and a Brit comes in for the scoop.

I’m unclear, are they just proposing to retrofit old E-Types or are they proposing to build a new E-Type EV (EE-Type). If it’s the latter it’s my dream car. I’ve always wanted an E-Type but without the headaches of an old car let alone a Jaguar which was horrendously unreliable even by 1960s standards. An EV E-Type would fix all of the problems and you would have the most beautiful car ever designed that had EV reliability and EV performance and quietness.

Poetry in Motion!

Poultry in motion…. lol

Or, “Poor can’t try, in motion”!


Looks great…

As far as I can see, the conversion is about as low to the ground as the original, which fits the “suspension is identical” and the fact there’s still a driveshaft.

So, they literally only replaced the engine/transmission with 40kWh battery and motor? While it looks like there’s certainly room for that under the huge bonnet, doesn’t that make the car horribly front-weighted? The original was 51:49 .

Also, they claim a lighter car than the original, which sounds very odd. Did they add modern safety systems?

Well, apparently still the same front/rear balance. Also a few more details:

I would start with a Clean sheet of paper and make it a proper and real EV skateboard running gear under an XKE modernized Body with all the Updated safety features Hi-Back seats, Door Beams, air bags etc:…

As memory serves, the XKE’s design does not allow for a skateboard construction.

Would love to do this for my Pontiac Solstice GXP.

I figured this would happen. I want a ’65 Chevy Impala EV.

I take this to mean JLR will over conversion kits for customers’ existing Jags.

Not a bad conversion – (I would have thought just matching the original performance, and analog gauges in keeping with the vintage – at least it has a not too shabby battery in it ), but why do all futuristic vehicles have to look like a comic strip bread-box?

Concept cars have looked the same since the early 1990’s. Their “future” EV looks straight from the 1992 Detroit Auto Show.

I have an ’89 XJS. Put me on the list of customers when they create that conversion kit.