Remember the incredibly beautiful Jaguar E-Type electric car that was used by Price Harry and Meghan Markle to drive off from their public reception at Windsor Castle? It became the most talked about automobile to be used at the Royal Wedding, grabbing headlines all over the world. Called the Jaguar E-Type Zero, it was introduced as a prototype last year by Jaguar Classic division alongside the restored ‘Reborn’ versions of the iconic sports car. Well, it’s finally headed for production. Jaguar recently announced that it will build a limited run of electric-converted E-Types for sale. The company will offer electric conversion to current E-Type owners.
The electric conversion of the E-Type replaces the car’s 4.2-liter straight six engine and four-speed manual transmission with an all-electric drivetrain borrowed from the new I-Pace. The weight distribution and handling remain close to the way the cars were originally designed, but the electric powertrain gives the sports car more power and torque than the original. The 40 kWh battery pack will still wear the iconic XK badging to make it feel more at home in the E-Type and the automaker claims it will give the car a driving range of 170 miles. Jaguar also assures that every part of the conversion process is fully reversible. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept,” said Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig. “Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.” Those who want one can order now, with the first deliveries slated for summer 2.