Opinion: Jaguar has already shown it's serious about electric

Jaguar XJ green limo

This is the XJ-based Limo Green, driven by an electric motor backed up by a Lotus-designed 1.2-litre engine

Given its history, the brand’s interest in an all-EV line-up shouldn’t be hugely surprising

If an all-EV Jaguar line-up sounds unlikely, then step back and take a look at the brand’s recent product launches, which show it has been surprisingly committed to battery propulsion.

Back in 2009, Jaguar built the XJ-based Limo Green, which was driven by an electric motor and had a small battery backed up by a Lotus-designed 1.2-litre engine that acted as a generator when the battery was exhausted.

More recently, the first Jaguar I-Type Formula E electric race car was unveiled in 2016, with the team unusually run out of its car factory. A third-generation version has just been revealed ahead of the 2018/19 season, and the company has also committed to a one-make eTrophy I-Pace support series.

Even earlier, there was the stillborn C-X75 hybrid two-seat sports car, which was originally conceived with tiny jet turbine power generators. Five working prototypes were built with a more conventional battery hybrid setup, with motors that would go on to influence the I-Pace.

The brand has also spent serious time and money designing an electric drivetrain for retrofitting into a classic E-Type. The E-Type Zero is on sale now via the company’s Classic division.

Finally, the I-Pace electric crossover beat the German premium brands to the market by some distance. Not only has the car been rapturously received but it has finally broken the historic — and arguably dated — Jaguar style mould, inside and out.

The I-Pace points to a sustainable future for this much-loved brand that has never quite hit the big time.

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Source:: Autocar

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