Jaguar to electrify all of its vehicles from 2020, revamps E-type with electric engine

Jaguar Land Rover has said all of its vehicles will be electrified from 2020, as it launches an electric version of the E-type which uses the same design as the original vehicles from the 1960’s.

The announcement follows similar moves from other car makers such as Aston Martin, which said last week that all of its cars would be electrified by 2025, and Volvo which has committed to electrifying its product lines from 2019.

Jaguar’s electric E-type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster and features an electric powertrain that can reach 100kmph in just 5.5sec.

It’s slated to have a real-world range of 270km which - although impressive for a car of that size - is significantly shorter than the 480km achievable by Tesla’s Model S.

Jaguar E-Type Zero

Jaguar also showed off its Future Type concept, a vision for what cars will be like in 2040 and beyond.

The fully autonomous vehicle is particularly geared towards the idea that cars will be shared not owned in the future.

It incorporates an intelligent steering wheel, dubbed Sayer, that is removable and automatically connects users to their personal online data.

The first voice-activated AI steering wheel will supposedly be able to carry out hundreds of tasks. Advanced speech recognition software will allow it to answer questions, connect to the news, organise travel arrangements and select entertainment.

Jaguar's future concept vehicle

Sayer appears to be Jaguar’s first foot in the door to the burgeoning voice-activated assistant market. It says that it will even know what’s in a user’s fridge and will be able to order shopping or a pizza.

“It is not just the ‘key’ to your car,” the company said in a press release, “it’s your membership card for our on-demand service club. A club which offers either sole ownership or the option of sharing the car with others in your community.”

When or if the concept becomes reality remains to be seen as it is not slated to be released until 2040.

Sayer steering wheel

Meanwhile Nissan has said it is considering producing an electric SUV in the near future as it expects demand for EVs to increase in coming years.

“We might have a crossover EV shortly in the future,” said Daniele Schillaci, head of global sales and marketing.

“It’s totally logical for us, given the strong EV experience we’ve had, to see this technology one day will be carried to a crossover,” he added, while declining to elaborate on specific timing or models.

On Wednesday, Nissan launched a revamped version of its best-selling Leaf EV hatchback model, going head-to-head with Tesla Inc’s Model 3 and hoping to blunt criticism of limited driving ranges undermining EVs’ mass-market appeal.

Earlier this week, energy consulting firm DNV GL predicted that EV’s would reach cost parity with their combustion engine counterparts by 2022 although this will not be enough to keep the world on track to meet climate change commitments laid out in the Paris agreement. 

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