From 2020 onwards, Jaguar and Land Rover will offer an electrified version of each of the models in their range. So far, they have released two new concepts to kick off the switch they will be making in the future. Not only do the examples look fashionable, but they are also electrified. During the JLR Tech Festival, Jaguar came out with an all-electric E-Type together with an autonomous EV concept that informs us how the future will look by the year 2040.
It was JLR’s CEO Dr Ralf Speth who first announced their electrification plans, one of which is to introduce a portfolio of electrified products that include fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. The first electrified model that they will release will be the fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, which should head to dealerships by next year. They are one of the newest companies to commit to a future of electric drive, after Volvo’s announcement earlier this summer.
One of the two models they introduced is the E-Type Zero Concept. According to the automaker, this model could make classic models future-proof by making them produce zero emissions. This allows classic car fans to still drive old models despite the environmental issues and legislation.
The E-Type Zero Concept has a total of 170 miles, and can hit 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in just 5.5 seconds, which is still faster compared to the original model. This can be attributed to having lost 80 kilograms (176 pounds) from the classic 60s sports car.
Tim Hanning, JLR Classic director, says that the works division could do the conversion, in such a way that the car’s originality is maintained. Though the E-Type Zero is equipped with electronic instruments and a central touchscreen, customers could still retain the classic parts like the clocks and toggles. If demand for this goes up, Jaguar can offer the classic electric retro-conversion to customers. Isn’t it cool to still be able to continue driving your classic Jaguar in 2040?
The second model JLR introduced was the Jaguar Future-Type Concept. It is a three-seater autonomous electric-driven city car, with a full range of infotainment screens, and a steering wheel called Sayer. Sayer is more than just a steering wheel and it can actually be removed from the car and double up as an artificial intelligence virtual assistant.
According to Jaguar, Sayer can even be purchased individually without having to get the car. This will let customers access a number of autonomous Future-Types that they can request on demand.
JLR has both concept cars on display at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London at Central Saint Martins College, Kings Cross.