It must be Friday Friday or something. You can remember that last year Jaguar showed that it had created an electric drive conversion for E-Type. Or maybe you saw the royal wedding earlier this summer and noticed that the happy couple ran into the sunset in the same electric E-Type. Well, now Jaguar has announced that E-Type Zero is not a concept anymore: it will offer it (fully reversible) conversion to the rest of us.
Out, XKE runs just six engines together with the fuel tank and gearbox. Instead, it's an electric motor that shares many components with the new Jaguar I-Pace, a speed reduction gearbox and a 40kWh lithium-ion battery that is about the same size and weight as the absent engine. This means that the weight and balance of the now electric E-Type should be the same as before it underwent such a radical surgery. But the electric car will actually have better performance than a series of 1 E-Type. The area is 170 miles between costs.
If you wish, Jaguar will also fall in the touchscreen infotainment system from the E-Type Zero concept and LED front lights. And decisive, the entire replacement drive is fully reversible. Deliveries are slated to begin summer 2020, but the full technical specifications and the so important price tag are not yet announced.
And since the XKE engine was common to many old jaguars, theoretically speaking, it should be possible to persuade Jaguar to electrify one of its other classic models. I know I've taken a flick from someone to say this last time, but my view has not changed: an electric C-Type or D-Type can just be my ultimate good weather runabout. Now if only I could win the lottery to make it happen …
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