As electrification spreads across the automotive industry, we’re seeing a growing number of companies converting classic cars to run on electricity. Even Icon, a well-respected California-based restoration shop, has jumped on the band-wagon by building a battery-powered Volkswagen Thing. Jaguar has become the first major automaker to surf that trend with the experimental E-Type Zero, which was introduced today at a media event in London, England.
Developed in-house, the E-Type Zero ditches the straight-six engine and adopts an electric motor developing about 295 horsepower. It takes 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a stop, a figure that makes it about a full second faster than stock. The interior has been updated with a new dashboard made out of carbon fiber, a digital instrument cluster, and a large touch screen on the instrument cluster. It drives like a standard E-Type, according to Jaguar, but it certainly doesn’t sound like one.
How do you feel about conversions like this one? Would you ditch gasoline and convert your classic car to run on electricity?