Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

All new Jaguar Land Rover cars to have electric option from 2020

All new Jaguar Land Rover cars to have electric option from 2020

By 2020, the entire range of Jaguar cars and Land Rover sport utility vehicles will be available in fully electric, plug-in hybrid and so-called mild hybrid variants, chief executive officer Ralf Speth said Thursday in a Bloomberg Television interview with Manus Cranny and Anna Edwards.

The vehicle, known as E-Type Zero, has been restored and converted at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry and is powered purely by an electric motor which gives it faster acceleration than the iconic original.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director, told ITV News Central this move is vital for the future of the company.

Jaguar Land Rover will offer electric options across its range of sleek sedans and upscale SUVs as the tradition-rich British carmaker pivots toward electric vehicles under pressure from the United Kingdom and other governments.

Underscoring its electric shift, Jaguar will start selling the I-PACE battery-powered performance SUV next year.

A plug-in hybrid version of the XJ saloon has also been seen in prototype form.

To demonstrate how new technologies could change its portfolio, Jaguar is today showing off its electric credentials at an event called Jaguar Tech Fest, which is being held near Kings Cross Station in London.

A real-world range of 170 miles is claimed by Jaguar, with an estimated six-to-seven-hour charge time.

With electric auto technology evolving at a staggering rate, the small-scale electrification of classic cars has become inevitable.

Already it is the largest investor in research and development in the United Kingdom and since 2010 has spent £16 billion on new products for its facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Wolverhampton and at Halewood on Merseyside. The Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, which is externally nearly identical to a conventional auto.

Although final weight is around 80kg less than a standard E-type, Jaguar says that "It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type". It was engineered by Jaguar Classic at the company's new Classic Works in Warwickshire, UK.

"We're looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market".

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