1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-Type Roadster converted into electric vehicle

Jaguar-Land Rover electrifies Series 1 E-Type

Jaguar-Land Rover Classic presented an electric-powered Jaguar E-Type at the Jaguar-Land Rover Tech Fest held last September 8 in London.

Known as the E-Type Zero, which been restored and converted in Coventry, England and displayed at the Tech Fest, the vehicle is a restored Series 1.5 Roadster. It has 21st century state-of-the-art powertrain and modified instrumentation and fascia – although these are also inspired by the original E-type. LED headlights are also used to achieve energy efficiency.

The Jaguar E-type Zero not only drives and looks like an E-type, it also offers outstanding performance as it can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, one second faster than the original E-type.

An electric powertrain developing 220kW has been specially designed for the E-type Zero. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. The experts responsible for developing the electric powertrain have ensured it will be placed in precisely the same location as the XK engine.

Same location as the E-Type’s gearbox, the electric motor and reduction gear lies just behind the battery pack, while the new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type.

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

The E-Type Zero’s low weight and good aerodynamics helped the car achieve a speed of 270 km/h. It also uses a 40 kW battery that can be recharged from home overnight.