In August 2018, Jaguar announced the coming of an EV conversion project based on the E-type Zero concept which had been introduced about a year earlier. The British automaker, further indicated that it plans to sell the all-electric E-type and offer EV conversions to existing owners.
It had been a year since the unveiling of the a classic E-type converted to electric propulsion as a concept vehicle. As at then, it was seen as a show car built in order to “give a glimpse at Jaguar’s electric future.”
It had come only slightly ahead of the launch of the I-Pace, Jaguar’s first production electric vehicle. The E-Type is however coming to production through “Jaguar Classic” under which the electric vehicle will be offered as the ‘Jaguar E-type Zero’.
“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,” said Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director.
There is a lot of significance in this move and why it might be a wonderfully crafted idea, The Jaguar E-Type, which first hit the road in 1961, was eulogized by the legendary Italian rally driver Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”. Indeed, it is also no secret that Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition was to convert the legendary sport car – which is powered by a DOHC six-cylinder engine – into an electric one.
Although no technical specifications have been given so far, the British automaker says that they are taking “expressions of interest” and they plan for the first deliveries in 2020. Ultimately, we can expect this to get totally sold out within no time.