Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Jaguar and Land Rover range to be electrified from 2020

Jaguar and Land Rover range to be electrified from 2020

The company hopes that every vehicle built after 2020 will either be fully electric or a hybrid that makes use of both an electric motor and a traditional petrol-powered engine.

The news follows Volvo's announcement in July that they are to focus exclusively on electric vehicles from 2019, 12 months ahead of JLR's projected schedule.

"Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale next year". No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.

Jaguar Classic says that the newly developed electric powertrain isn't just suitable for the E-type. It's part of our vision for how a luxury vehicle brand could continue to be desirable, in a more digital and autonomous age,"explained Jaguar design boss Ian Callum".

This particular E-Type, built on an existing chassis we believe, is fitted with a cutting-edge electric powertrain in place of the original petrol engine.

Aside from electric vehicles, JLR is also dabbling with driverless cars.

Its first all-electric auto, the Jaguar I-Pace compact SUV, will go on sale next year. And yes, full-on electric vehicles are still very much a part of JLR's future, as evidenced by its latest concept, the Future-Type. Its lineup will include gas and diesel plug-in hybrids, all-electric vehicles, and mild hybrids.

Recently, the Scottish government pledged to phase out petrol and diesel cars entirely by 2032-eight years earlier than the United Kingdom and France, which hope to ban sales of new cars with internal combustion engines.

The spokesman said that, by 2020 50% of the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges will be available with a drivetrain which is in some way electrified.

While that doesn't mean fully-electric Jaguars and Land Rovers just yet (though those are certainly on the way) the plan ensures neither company should be left behind rivals in the development of alternative powertrains.

If you're a fan of the 1960s/70s Jaguar E-Type, dubbed "the best looking auto ever made" by none other than Enzo Ferrari, then the E-Type Zero could well be up your street.

In a speech that stressed the collaborative social responsibility to develop electrified vehicles, Speth highlighted the benefits of an autonomous, integrated electric future, a future with less congestion, fewer accidents and cleaner air, but also one with notable risks to privacy and freedoms.

Remember 'Sayer', your trusty steering wheel companion from the future, able to attach to a semi-autonomous auto to take you places?

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