On May 19, 2018, everybody from all over the world was tuned into the royal wedding, and of course, in an event like that, every single detail matters - from the wedding cake to the bride’s dress. But in our case, our eyes were glued to the wedding car. As Prince Harry and Meghan left Windsor Castle in London in a Jaguar Classic all electric E-type, which first made its appearance in 2017 at the Tech Fest event in London. If you recall, the automaker has promised that all its production vehicles will be electric by 2020.
But before the wedding began, Meghan arrived at the Windsor Castle in Queen Elizabeth II’s 1950 Phantom IV. This car was built for her when she was still a princess.
The E-type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1 1/2 E-type. Sometime in its life, this car had been fitted with an American V8 engine. It was then restored and was finally converted to electric power at JLR Classic’s new 14,000 square headquarters in Coventry, made especially for the couple. They drove this car going to the Windsor Castle for an evening reception at Frogmore House.
Now, it is a lithium-ion battery that sits inside the car, replacing the famous six cylinder XK engine, and the 220 kilowatt electric motor and reduction gear directly behind it, which then replaces the four-speed gearbox. When it comes to weight, the E-type Zero retains the same weight distribution as the original, even if the Zero is actually 100 pounds or 45 kilos lighter, ensuring near identical handling. There is also a propshaft that connects the electric powertrain to the original differential and final drive.
Naturally, there is a performance upgrade upon the 246 bhp model, now with a 0-60 mph sprint time of 5.5 seconds, making it a second faster than it used to be. Even with the same aerodynamics and final drive, top speed would be similar if it isn’t for JLR limiting it to 100 miles per hour. Also, it reaches that top speed in 10 seconds, which is as much as six seconds faster than the original’s time sprint time.
What you should be aware of is that the Zero could be converted back to the original specification without the need of any structural changes, even after the application of the battery and new powertrain. Indeed, the Zero’s bodywork and interior is unchanged aside from the LED headlights and revised instruments and dashboard.
Lastly, the Zero uses technology that had been developed for the new Jaguar I-Pace, which will be in dealerships in 2018. The automaker also mentioned that they have not decided on the volume of this model’s production and that it will likely depend on customer interest.