Unless you’ve been living under a rock which frustratingly doesn’t have WIFI, you might have noticed that a royal wedding took place at the weekend.
Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in Windsor. The sun was shining, the bride wore a long white dress, George Clooney attended. Standard stuff really.
It was an elaborate, spectacular affair, but for many the most eye-catching part of the day wasn’t the dress, nor the celebrity guest-list; it was the car.
And when we say, ‘the car’, we don’t mean the disappointingly boring Mercedes Z-Class that dropped Harry and Wills at the wedding, we’re talking about the stunning Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which Prince Harry used to drive his new wife to their evening celebrations.
The Jaguar E-Type is known for being a royal wedding favourite, with Pippa Middleton recently leaving her wedding in the world’s oldest E-Type. But as you can imagine, this isn’t your standard Jaguar E-Type. This is the beautifully renovated, all electric Concept Zero.
Though this stunning, almost silent, EV might look the same as the Series-1 E-Type, under the bonnet it couldn’t be more different. Instead of the 3.8 litre XK petrol engine of the original, this special car has a 295-horsepower electric motor, a 220kW electric powertrain and a 40kWh battery, which gives it a range of 170 miles on a single charge.
With these changes, the car weighs 80kg less than the original E-Type, and can go from 0 to 100kpm in 5.5 seconds, a whole second quicker than the original.
But where did the idea of Jaguar turning their classic cars electric come from? Well it’s all about being future proof. Tim Hannig, the director of Jaguar Land Rover said, “Our aim with Concept Zero is to give Classic Jaguars a sustainable future in changing environmental and economic conditions.”
Though the classic Jag has to go through lots of changes to make it electric, the car’s structure remains the same, leaving the option open to reinstall a conventional engine. Hannig explains that this is all about ensuring the car remains authentic; “We have integrated the new electric powertrain into the existing E-type structure, which means a conventional engine could be reinstalled at any point. We think this is essential as it ensures a period Jaguar remains authentic to its DNA.”
But if you’re thinking about converting that old Jag in your garage to a zero-emissions green machine, you’ll need deep pockets. The starting price is around £350,000.
But if it’s fit for a prince on his wedding day, why shouldn’t it be fit for you?