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Jaguar's E-type Zero is a vintage EV masterpiece

It might look like the classic 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster, but under the hood is a 21st century electric power train.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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Take one part vintage E-type and one part electric drivetrain and you get the stunning E-type Zero, the latest labor of love from Jaguar.

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The electric motor fits in the same location as the original six-cylinder XK engine. 

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Much of the interior remains the same, including the seats and the wooden steering wheel. However,  modified instrumentation to go along with the modern electric power train. 

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The E-type Zero can go from 0-62 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds, a full second faster than the original E-type.

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The small 40 kWh battery can only provide enough juice for 170 miles of driving.

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The electric motor produces 295 horsepower. Not bad, Jaguar. Not bad at all. 

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The electric powertrain occupies the same space as the original six-cylinder engine. The E-Type Zero maintains the same weight distribution and handling characteristics of the original roadster. 

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From afar the E-Type Zero looks like the stunning vintage vehicle that it is. No wonder Enzo Ferrari claimed it to be "the most beautiful car in the world."

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However, don't expect the E-Type Zero to be available at your local Jaguar dealership. This baby is a one-off labor of love. 

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the Jaguar E-Type Zero, taken on the floor of the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London. 

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