Jaguar Classic first showed off the E-type Zero concept at the Jaguar Land Rover Techfest in September 2017, promising to put it into low-volume production if it achieved significant customer interest. The concept then famously reappeared in May 2018, as the car that – and soon after it was announced that the EV E-type would indeed be made available for sale.
The conversion sites the electric motor in place of the E-type’s transmission, while the battery pack has been shaped to occupy the same space as the original six-cylinder XK engine – meaning that the conversion could actually be applied to any XK-engined Jaguar, Daimler or even kit car. Think XK120-150, S-type, Mk2, XJ6 or even C- and D-type replicas, to name but a few.
The conversions retain the original differential, and there’s no need to uprate suspension and brakes because the EV version is 100kg lighter than the original, but with near-identical weight distribution. Performance is improved, with a claimed 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds, and 0-100mph in 10 seconds compared with 6.7 and 16 seconds respectively for a conventional Series 1.
In theory the 150mph top speed would also be achievable but Jaguar Classic has limited the top speed to 100mph.
A turnkey EV E-type based on one of Jaguar Classic’s full restorations will start at £300,000 but customer cars can be converted at Jaguar Classic Works for around £60,000.