Classic car electrification company Electrogenic has announced its latest project which will see the iconic Jaguar E-type converted to electric.
The car will be on display for the very first time at the London Classic Car Show and the Oxford-based firm now offers E-type customers a choice of three advanced zero-emission powertrains to provide different driving experiences and levels of performance.
Electrogenic is offering a suite of E-type conversion options, which start with a ‘Tourer’ conversion, with the electric powertrain giving the car a maximum speed of approximately 100mph, through the car’s original gearbox to retain the feel of ‘classic’ driving.
A ‘Sprint’ conversion is also available, with a near-original kerb weight and a powertrain producing 470Nm of torque delivered through the car’s original gearbox. This conversion exceeds the original quoted E-type performance figures, and the additional weight is kept low in the chassis for optimal balance and handling. To cope with the additional torque, owners are also encouraged to upgrade the brakes and suspension beyond the standard E-type specifications.
Electrogenic also offers a high-performance ‘Grand Tourer’ conversion for what it is calling “a totally re-imagined E-type driving experience.” This option removes the original gearbox, updating the power delivery and drivetrain to that of a more modern vehicle. In ‘Grand Tourer’ specification, the electric powertrain delivers 300kW, and 600Nm of torque, for high performance.
The Tourer and Sprint options offer an approximate all-electric range of 150 miles, with one or two optional range-extenders that will add approximately 50 miles of additional range each. The Grand Tourer option offers a single range extension that extends the range on a single charge to 250 miles. Prices for the conversion, which require a donor car to be provided, start from £54,000 for the ‘Tourer’, £62,000 for the ‘Sprint’ and £80,000 for the ‘Grand Tourer’, exclusive of VAT. The final price will depend on the customer’s desired specification, as each car is bespoke and tailored to their exact requirements.
Steve Drummond, director and co-founder of Electrogenic, said: “Electrifying an icon is always going to be a challenge, and because of that we’ve put a great deal of thought and research into the options that we will provide for customers. Each vehicle we re-create is customised, but engineering three distinct motor options gives our customers a clear starting point for the conversion. Each of the motor systems complements our battery and power electronics module that bolts directly to the original engine mounts, and which is designed to accommodate both left and right-hand drive.”
Ian Newstead, director and co-founder of Electrogenic, added: “As with every classic that we convert to run on electric power, the E-type presented its own unique challenges – the main one being the weight of expectation. The E-type’s reputation is well-known in the industry, and living up to that is never going to be easy – but this is a wonderfully engaging car to drive. Our first E-type conversion will be on the stand at the London Classic Car Show and we can’t wait to show it off to the world.”