Jaguar-Land Rover is setting high goals for the coming years and their 2020 project is one such far-sighted thought. The British luxury car manufacturer, owned by our very own Tata Motors has announced to electrify all the cars come 2020. This means any new car rolled out of JLR factory will either be a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, all-electric car or a mild hybrid vehicle.
Setting the example right, Jaguar-Land Rover Classic has presented an electric-powered Jaguar E-type at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest. The tech fest which opens for public on September 8, 2017 in London, will witness Jaguar’s first attempt to electrify a piece from history and the car is named as the Jaguar E-type Zero, which has been fully restored and converted at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry.
The E-type Zero vehicle looks stunning from every bit and is a perfect harmony of classic design with modern gadgets. Displayed at Tech Fest, the E-Type is a restored Series 1.5 Roadster and is original in specification, apart from its 21st century state-of-the-art powertrain and modified instrumentation and facia – although these are also inspired by the original E-type.
The blue shade E-Type with iconic long nose design and spoke wheels get the LED headlights that are used to achieve energy efficiency. Again, they adopt the styling theme of the original Series 1 E-type. Rest of the car from outside is similar. The interior of the car is also original, but now gets a touchscreen display, JLR’s trademark rotary gear knob and digital instrument cluster.
The Jaguar E-type Zero not only drives and looks like an E-type, it also offers outstanding performance. Thanks to the electric powertrain, the Zero is quicker than the original E-type with a 0-100km/h acceleration of only 5.5sec, about one second quicker than a Series 1 E-type. The E-type Zero has a ‘real world’ electric range of 270km, achieved by low weight and good aerodynamics.
The E-Type Zero is powered by a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight (typically in six to seven hours, depending on power source). An electric powertrain developing 220kW has been specially designed for the E-type Zero. To keep it real, the lithium-ion battery pack is designed with similar dimensions and similar weight as the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type, and is placed precisely in the same location as the XK engine.
The electric motor lies just behind the battery pack, in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. In total, 46kg weight is reduced from the original E-type. Since everything is kept original, and even the battery pack replaces engine in the same size, suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and homologation. It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type.
First launched in 1961, the E-Type has regularly been voted the best-looking car of all time. Even Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made”. E-type Zero’s unique ability to combine that unique world-renowned design with an electric powertrain, that’s developed by an electric powertrain specialist in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover engineers, makes it even more charming.
The powertrain uses some technology and components borrowed from the upcoming I-PACE, Jaguar Land Rover’s first production all-electric vehicle. 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.”
The Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, where the electric Jaguar E-type is unveiled, is being held at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.