Electric Jaguar E-type Zero unveiled - The classic auto of the future?

Are dreams electric? Jaguar promises more petrol-free models

Are dreams electric? Jaguar promises more petrol-free models

JLR joins other automakers in pivoting toward EVs but its move is less aggressive than plans by Volvo Cars, which intends to offer only hybrid or battery versions of its new models starting in 2019.

The E-type Zero will go on show at Jaguar Land Rover's Tech Fest event in London from 8-10 September, alongside the I-Pace SUV - Jaguar's other all-electric concept auto, which will see production in 2018.

This new electric drivetrain lets the auto once called "the most attractive vehicle in the world" by Enzo Ferrari go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds-faster than the original Series 1 E-Type. Jaguar promises a auto with a smaller footprint than the Model X, but a highly flexible cabin layout that takes advantage of the EV drivetrain being predominantly underneath the floorpan of the vehicle.

This particular E-Type, built on an existing chassis we believe, is fitted with a cutting-edge electric powertrain in place of the original petrol engine.

Demand for electric vehicles continues to rise sharply.

We already know that the first fully electric model will be the Jaguar I-Pace.

It means new models developed by JLR will either be pure electric, or hybrids that combine electric and conventional engines.

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Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, England, made the conversion, keeping most things stock to the Series 1.5 E-Type, save for more efficient LED headlamps, modified instrumentation and fascia and a 220 kW electric powertrain-some components of which were borrowed from the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace.

At the event is the debut of the Jaguar Future-Type, a vision for the vehicle of 2040 and beyond.

Earlier this year the Government announced proposals to ban the sale of conventional combustion engine cars and vans by 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution and climate change.

Overall, the new drivetrain is lighter than the one it replaces, improving the car's handling, but in a bid to further ensure harmony between old-tech (suspension geometry, brakes) and modern electric power, the motor itself offers a modest 220 kW.

"We are not just preparing for the future but delivering it".

Two. Jaguar is going classic with electrification too, introducing the Jaguar E-Type Zero. It's called the "Jaguar Future-Type" and at its centre is an intelligent steering wheel, named "Sayer", which acts as a portable controller for various tasks.

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