Jaguar and Land Rover have decided to share with the world their electrification plans – a green version of every new model range introduced from 2020 onwards will be included alongside its ICE counterparts.
The company has decided to herald its future during the inaugural JLR Tech Fest, where it has also unwrapped to bold concepts – an all-electric classic Jaguar E-Type and an autonomous EV prototype for their vision of the 2040 decade (we’ll discuss this one separately). “We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles,” came the announcement from JLR CEO Dr Ralf Speth. “Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, goes on sale next year.” Basically, Jaguar Land Rover is promising something close to Volvo’s headline announcement from earlier this summer – promising a range of range of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully-electric battery-powered models.
Now with the model that caught our attention and flamed our imagination – the Jaguar E-Type Zero. It might spark some controversy among fans, but actually comes in line with a new niche that sees projects of electrified classic cars. It’s also a move for the future – legislation might prevent classic cars from being driven in a few decades from now. Jaguar Land Rover Classic has created this concept, which is a fully developed machine that can easily be produced. Instead of the classic Jaguar six-cylinder engine come batteries, an electric motor, and all the control systems. Otherwise this is a fully restored Series 1.5 E-Type from 1968, with original suspension, brakes, and even the driveshafts. It can be driven for 170 miles of real-world range, sprints to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds (faster than the original) and actually weighs 80 kilograms (176 pounds) less than the classic model.