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JLR also unveiled the E-type Zero, a fully electric auto based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster.

No petrol, no emissions, no cylinders, no engine.

Capable of 0-60mph in just 5.5 seconds, the E-Type Zero features a "cutting-edge" electric powertrain but retains all the graceful looks of the original 1968 body shell - a auto described by Enzo Ferrari as "The most lovely vehicle in the world" at the time.

Technological highlight of the Future-Type is what JLR dubs the first intelligent and connected steering wheel, called Sayer after the designer of the iconic Jaguar E-Type. Honda has also promised that all of its new models from 2020 on will have an electrified variant. "We're looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market".

The technology will then span hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology, and finish with fully electric vehicles, like the production version of Jaguar's I-Pace concept - which will become Jaguar's first ever fully electric production auto when it goes on sale next year. "We could use this technology to transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar".

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Roughly the same size and weight as the original E-type's combustion engine, the battery pack that powers the E-type Zero concept is positioned in the same place.


What we do know is that the first fully electric vehicle will be the Jaguar I-Pace. 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 auto will now hit 60mph in a very respectable 5.5 seconds.

Certainly there are going to be moves before 2020 to start this evolution of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. That's pretty quick by most standards, and 0.1 seconds faster than the expected 0 to 60 of the Tesla Model 3.

Both cars will be on display side by side at the Tech Fest which will be open to public from 8 September to 10 September. The E-type Zero certainly resembles the original that it is based on, but it's more accurately described as a digital facsimile rather than a restoration or preservation effort.