Jaguar Classic will build production examples of the all-electric E-Type Zero, it has been confirmed.
The all-electric version of the 1960s classic made its debut as a concept at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017 and a newer version will be unveiled at Monterey Car Week, which is currently taking place.
Using the latest cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-Pace, Jaguar Classic will restore old E-Types and convert them to electric power at its Classic Works facility in Coventry.
People who own E-Types can also take their cars to have them retrofitted with the electric motor. To avoid any perceived automotive sacrilege, though, Jaguar has said the process will be fully reversible.
There are no pricing or spec details for the production version of the E-Type Zero yet, but the concept version is powered by a 40kWh battery and has a range in excess of 170 miles, while recharging takes six to seven hours. This is mated to a single-speed reduction gearbox.
Jaguar Classic also says the Zero has better performance than the original E-Type, with a quicker acceleration, although no figures have been given yet.
Changes other than the powertrain include LED headlights and a touchscreen infotainment system.
Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, 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 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.”