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The royal wedding car driven away from Windsor was Jaguar Classic's electric 'E-type Zero'

May 20, 2018

The Royal wedding car that Prince Harry and Meghan left Windsor Castle in was Jaguar Classic's all-electric E-type.

 

It was first revealed in 2017 at their Tech Fest event in London, amidst a promise that all its production vehicles will be electric by 2020.

 

The E-type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1½ E-type, restored and converted to electric power at JLR Classic’s new 14,000m sq headquarters in Coventry – just ten miles from the Browns Lane factory where E-types were originally produced. Prince Harry drove it away from Windsor Castle for an evening reception at nearby Frogmore House, hosted by Prince Charles.

 

By placing the lithium-ion battery where the famous six-cylinder XK engine once sat, and the 220kW electric motor and reduction gear directly behind it – in place of the four-speed gearbox – the E-type Zero virtually retains the same weight distribution as the original – although the Zero is actually 100lb, or 45kg, lighter which should ensure near identical handling. A new propshaft connects the electric powertrain to the original differential and final drive.

 

Performance improves upon the original 246bhp model, with a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds, a second faster. Although with the same aerodynamics and final drive, top speed would be similar were it not for JLR limiting it to 100mph. However, it reaches that top speed in 10 seconds, a full six seconds faster than the original’s 0-100 time.

 

The E-Type Zero's range of 170 miles is way more than enough to whisk the happy couple away from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House on the Windsor Estate, where Harry's father, the Prince of Wales, hosted their wedding reception. But if it were to run out of juice, its 40kWh battery can be recharged in under 7 hours.
 

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