Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will begin production of an all-electric E-Type, based on the E-Type Zero concept it showcased in 2017 - but sales will side-step the brand's franchised dealer network.
The vehicles offered will be restored and converted to electric, using technology from the new Jaguar I-Pace, and all sales and conversions will take place at the Jaguar Classic Works facility, in Coventry.
The fully reversible conversion is also offered to existing E-Type customers.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.
“E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”
Technical specifications and pricing details have not yet been revealed, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.
Jaguar Classic is targeting a range of more than 170 miles for all-electric E-types.
Powered by a 40kWh battery, the E-Type Zero concept offers quicker acceleration than the original E-Type and can be recharged in six to seven hours.
Modified instrumentation and a new fascia provides the latest touchscreen infotainment. While the exterior design largely original, it incorporates LED headlights.
The electric powertrain and lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the standard E-type’s six-cylinder petrol engine, and is in the same location.
This means the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and keeping the driving experience in line with the original vehicle.