It was only last year when Jaguar introduced the E-Type Zero Concept, a Series 1.5 Roadster fitted with an electric powertrain, as a way to showcase the brand's commitment to electrification. Now, the British-marque has announced that the electric E-Type will be heading into to production with deliveries slated to begin in the summer of 2020.

Jaguar to build classic an electric vehicle

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic,” said Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director


Handling production of the E-Type Zero will be Jaguar's Classic division. They will also be offering the electric conversion to interested E-Type owners. That said, the electric conversion does not require any modifications to the vehicle's structure. This allows owners who have had their classic E-Types converted to EVs to put the original inline-6 back into the engine bay.

Jaguar to build classic an electric vehicle

Full technical specifications of the E-Type Zero have yet to be released. Jaguar however states that they are targeting a range in excess of 274 km for all electric E-Types. In the concept, the classic roadster uses a 40kWh lithium-ion battery which the company says can be recharged in 6 to 7 hours. It will also borrow technology from the Jaguar I-Pace.

Jaguar to build classic an electric vehicle

Inside, Jaguar Classic will fit the electric E-Types with a new digital instrument cluster. Buyers can also opt to have a modern infotainment screen fitted in the center of the dashboard as an option. Given that it is already electric, the standard gearshift is also gone, and in its place is a rotary dial. Aesthetic wise, the only change would be the new LED headlights.

With Jaguar also offering the E-Type Reborn program, what would you rather choose; An "greener" electric E-Type or one rebuilt with concours-quality?