Vince Pornelos / Jaguar | May 21, 2018 13:24
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drive away in a zero-emissions E-Type
Unless you were really busy the other day, chances are you've heard of and/or seen clips of the wedding of the UK's Prince Harry of Wales and Hollywood actress Meghan Markle who found great success in the hit TV series Suits.
While many onlookers were undoubtedly cheering on the Royal couple, one detail that stuck out for car enthusiasts are the vehicles that were used by members of the family. The very best of the Royal family's very British motorpool were out in full force with a 2002 Bentley State Limousine Golden Jubilee (based on an Arnage), a Bentley Mulsanne, Range Rovers as escort vehicles, and even the Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Car that the bride rode in on the way to the church.
But despite all that, none of those automobiles garnered as much time in the limelight as the blue Jaguar E-Type that the couple drove in after the wedding. That particular E-Type, easily one of Britain's most recognizable and iconic models from the 1960's, is actually a one-of-a-kind model: it's electric.
Called the E-Type Zero, it was debuted by Jaguar in September 2017 during the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest. The car is actually based on an original 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type, and has been retrofitted by a special division in the company called Jaguar Classic Works.
The exterior and interior are very classic E-Type, complete with he wood steering wheel, manual windows, and the manual roof mechanism. The only things that set the car apart are some very high tech touches like digital gauges, an LCD on the center stack, and the rotary dial shifter for the gearbox.
What makes this E-Type unique is its all-electric drive system instead of the traditional straigh six engine. With lithium ion batteries and a 220 kilowatt motor, this E-Type Zero has the equivalent of 295 horsepower driving the rear wheels. It's also quicker than the original petrol E-Types, and has zero emissions given its battery system.
It is unclear whether Jaguar lent or gave the Royal couple the car, but they used it to drive to one of their two receptions after the wedding itself.