jaguar’s ‘e-type zero’ is based on the classic 1968 series roadster, now electrified with a powertrain that can sprint from 0 – 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) in just 5.5 seconds. acclaimed by enzo ferrari as, ‘the most beautiful car in the world’, the ‘e-type’ now combines breathtaking beauty with zero emissions for the first time.
the jaguar ‘e-type zero’ electric automobile is a restored series 1.5 roadster. it’s original in specification, aside from its innovative powertrain and modified instrumentation and facia. LED headlights are also used to achieve energy efficiency, while adopting the elegant styling theme of the series ‘1 e-type’.
the reborn icon’s electric powertrain develops 220 kW, featuring a lithium-ion battery pack that has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original car. the team behind the electric powertrain’s development have ensured it will be placed in precisely the same location as the XK engine. its total weight is 46kg lower than the original e-type, while front-rear weight distribution is unchanged. using an electric powertrain with similar weight and dimensions to the outgoing petrol engine and transmission means the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion. according to the british-automaker it can drive, handle, ride and brake like an original ‘e-type’.
the unique electric powertrain was developed by a specialist in conjunction with jaguar land rover engineers following a specific brief. the ‘e-type zero’ has a range of 270 km (about 170 miles), while it uses a 40 kWh battery, which can be recharged from home in six to seven hours. the jaguar land rover tech fest, where the ‘e-type zero’ will be unveiled, is being held at central saint martins, university of the arts london, and is open to the public from 8-10 september.