The Jaguar E-type Zero is a classic 1968 Roadster that's gone all-electric


The E-type Zero has been restored and converted at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, not far from where the E-type was born. The Jaguar E-type Zero not only drives and looks like an E-type, but it also offers outstanding performance. It’s quicker than an original E-type, with 0-100km/h acceleration taking only 5.5 seconds (one second quicker than the original Series 1 E-type).

The E-type Zero is based on a restored Series 1.5 Roadster. It’s completely original in specification, apart from its 21st century powertrain, modified instrumentation and fascia; although these were also inspired by the original E-type. LED headlights used to achieve energy efficiency, also adopt the styling theme of the original Series 1 E-type.

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The E-type Zero runs on a specially designed electric powertrain developing 220kW. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the original XK 6-cylinder engine used in the E-type. The experts responsible for developing the electric powertrain have ensured that it is placed in precisely the same location as the XK engine.

The electric motor and reduction gear lie just behind the battery pack, in the same location as the gearbox on the E-type, while a new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is about 46kg leseer than the original E- type. Using an electric powertrain with similar weight and dimensions to the outgoing petrol engine and transmission means the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and homologation. It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type, with the front-rear weight distribution unchanged.

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The unique electric powertrain of the E-type Zero was developed by an electric powertrain specialist in conjunction with Jaguar engineers and to a specific brief from Jaguar Land Rover Classic. It uses some technology and components borrowed from the upcoming I-Pace, Jaguar’s first production all-electric vehicle.

The E-type Zero has a real-world range of about 270 kilometres, helped by the low weight and good aerodynamics. It relies on power from a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight (typically in six to seven hours, depending on the power source).

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Story originally appeared on Torque.

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