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Battery-Powered Beauty: Jaguar Unveils Electric Version of Iconic E-Type

Battery-Powered Beauty: Jaguar Unveils Electric Version of Iconic E-Type”

The electric Jaguar E-type Zero future-proofs one of the world's most famous cars.

The new model is billed by Jaguar as the "most handsome electric auto in the world", invoking the words of Italian racing driver Enzo Ferrari, who reputedly praised the original E-type as "the most attractive ever made".

He said the company, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, is embracing "fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles".

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr Ralph Speth announced that "Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale next year", in a statement coinciding with the electric drivetrain schedule announcement. Engineered at Jaguar Classic Works in Coventry, the conversion equips the E-type with a bespoke 220kw powertrain, which propels the vehicle from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds (a second faster than the original), LED headlights, and a frankly bizarre-looking digital dashboard.

The vehicle is based on the legendary 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type Roadster, which was originally fitted with an XK 6-cylinder engine.

The electric powertrain installed is of a similar weight and size to a petrol engine, meaning that the car's design - including its breaks and suspension - has not had to be changed. It's a performance SUV, is great to drive and will be on sale next year. The Future-Type will be fully autonomous, but also driveable when you feel the urge.

The Jaguar E-Type Zero was engineered at the company's "Classic Works" in Warwickshire, UK.

Jaguar Land Rover looks set to move away from exclusively petrol or diesel engine vehicles.

The new Range Rover Velar contains intelligent technology in the form of the quad core processor; the brains behind the beauty of the Velar. You can start it with your smartphone, lock or unlock it, locate it, check your fuel levels or even warm the cabin up before you get in.



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