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Jaguar Land Rover to go all electric by 2020, unveils the E-Type Zero

Jaguar Land Rover to go all electric by 2020, unveils the E-Type Zero
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Thursday 07 September 2017, 17:08 PM

Jaguar Land Rover, the premium brand from Tata Motors, will go all electric by 2020. JLR will be showcasing its first all-electric, the E-Type Zero, at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London which is open for public from tomorrow. The new E-Type Zero is based on the 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster and the company claims that the new electric technology enables it to sprint from 0 to 100kmph in about 5.5 seconds.

Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, announced at the tech fest, "Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale next year." JLR is the latest car manufacturer who has announced its plans for all electric vehicles by 2020 and joins the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW who have been working on all-electric vehicles.

The new E-Type Zero is also 46kgs lighter than the original E-type car.  JLR claims that the electric powertrain develops 40kWh which has been specially designed for the E-type Zero. The lithium-ion battery pack gets the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. The company claims that the vehicle has a driving range of about 270kms and can be fully charged in about six or seven hours. Interestingly, the electric powertrain has been placed in the same location as the XK engine. The electric motor and reduction gear is placed just behind the battery pack and is in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. A new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive.

 

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