Jaguar to electrify all of its cars by 2020

Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will only make electric or hybrid cars from 2020.

Jaguar claims a range of 270km (168 miles) on a full charge, and a zero to 62mph time of 5.5 seconds. It's fitted with a powerful 295bhp electric motor, giving it improved performance over the original model.

Acclaimed as "the most attractive vehicle in the world", the E-Type Zero is a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster dragged into the 21st century.

Regardless of what the makeup of Jaguar's future fleet is, the shift to more electric power is dramatic for a brand best known in recent years for its raucous supercharged V8 engines.

Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo plans to launch five new electric vehicles, while every other auto in the range will feature some form of hybrid engine.

The announcement comes after Volvo announced a similar pledge two months ago and after both the United Kingdom and French governments announced bans on all non-electric vehicles by 2040. Jaguar was also cagey as to whether existing vehicles would gain electrified models of their own past the 2020 deadline, stating only that it was "likely" to pursue hybrid or EV editions of current SUVs and cars in the future. Based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster, but with the old drivetrain switched out in favour of one of JLR's current battery-fed setups, the classic sports vehicle will now hit 60mph in a very respectable 5.5 seconds.

"We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles", JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said.

The wheel has been built for driving too though, and can recommend stretches of road where the driver may prefer to take over and disable the FUTURE-TYPE's autonomous drive functions.

The E-type Zero prototype is an official factory project, however, based on a restored 1968 E-type roadster. But lifting the distinctive, long bonnet won't reveal a "straight-six" or V12 petrol engine; instead there's a lithium ion battery pack and electric motor.

While explaining the Future-Type Concept at the inaugural ceremony, they explained that the line will go operational as a future line from Jaguar. The vehicle boasts fully autonomous or assisted manual driving options, a narrow body design aimed at fitting into tight quarters in dense cities - and a removable steering wheel named "Sayer" that's sort of like an automotive Pokémon pal. But, like many other European manufacturers, it has been forced to rethink that strategy in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel emissions crisis that has resulted in almost $30 million in fines, settlements and other costs for the German automaker.

  • Zachary Reyes