E-type goes electric
Jaguar E-type Zero - "the most beautiful electric car in the World". The E-type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of 270km (about 170 miles), helped by the low weight and good aerodynamics. It uses a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight - typically in six to seven hours, depending on power source. More

Peter Beadle has sent in a link to the Jaguar Land Rover Classic website with information on their new E-type Zero. His email says "MGFs have been electrified, have any MGBGTV8s been fitted with a similar battery pack?
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Jaguar Land Rover Classic electrifies the past with an inventive Jaguar E-type sports car featuring fully electric powertrain - it's called the E-type Zero. Acclaimed by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”, the Jaguar E-type now combines breathtaking beauty with zero emissions for the first time. The E-type Zero is based on 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain enabling 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds, about one second quicker than an original Series 1 E-type.

The E-type Zero, has been restored and converted at the new Jaguar Land Rover "Classic Works" in Coventry, not far from where the E-type was born. 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. The electric motor (and reduction gear) lies just behind the battery pack, in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. A new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type.

The XK six-cylinder engine was made from 1949 until 1992 and was fitted to nearly all iconic Jaguar models of that period, including the E-type, XK120, Mk2 and XJ6. The new electric powertrain could be used in any of these vehicles to transform any classic XK-engined Jaguar. It uses some technology and components borrowed from the upcoming I-PACE, Jaguar Land Rover’s first production all-electric vehicle. More