If you’re a follower of classic car news, you’ll have noticed that Jaguar last year unveiled an electric E-Type concept car called the E-Type Zero.
Essentially, the E-Type Zero was a normal-looking Jaguar E-Type, but instead of being powered by an internal combustion engine, it had a 40 kWh battery pack under the bonnet.
And now, Jaguar’s announced that the electric E-Type is going into production. Jaguar Classic wants to combine its “restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-Pace” SUV. The electric E-Types will be restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility where E-Type Reborn restorations take place.
And if you’ve already got an E-Type, you’ll be offered an EV conversion. A process which, Jaguar says, will be reversible for people who want to preserve the authenticity of their E-Types.
“Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic,” said Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director.
Indeed, and the electric E-Type should be better to drive than the original. It’ll be lighter, for one thing. And much faster. Last year, Jaguar said that the E-Type Zero had nearly 300 bhp – good for 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and an all-electric range of 275 km. It also featured a fancy infotainment screen, which will be made available as an option – even though it’s not really in keeping with the car’s classic style.
Anyway, proper technical specs for the production electric E-Type haven’t been released yet. Nor has the price. At the moment, Jaguar is looking at how much interest there is for the E-Type Zero, and taking things from there.
But given how pricey some of the other stuff from Jaguar Land Rover Classic is, we’d expect that the electric E-Type will be incredibly expensive.
What do you think? Madness or genius?