Jaguar Land Rover just made a huge commitment to electrification

Vision of Jaguar’s future – how the electric self-drive car may look

All new Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) vehicle lines will be electric or hybrid from 2020, the luxury carmaker has revealed.

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.

Back down to reality, the company is preparing for the I-Pace - which it showed off at the LA Auto Show past year - to hit showrooms in 2018.

Stuffing an electric drivetrain into a drop-dead gorgeous fully-restored 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster may just be my new favorite idea ever, and that's exactly how the Jaguar E-Type Zero was made.

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Tim Hannig, director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, says the E-Type Zero will future-proof classic vehicle ownership as it looks to bring the concept to reality. As the six-cylinder unit powered a whole range of Jaguar's between 1949 and 1992, similar conversions are possible in other classic Jaguar models.

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.


Despite its announcement, Prof David Bailey, an automotive expert at Aston University, said that the company had been slow to wake up to electric vehicles and was now playing catch-up with the likes of Tesla and BMW. A fully autonomous virtual concept, the Future Type explores tomorrow's mobility, where vehicles could be shared not owned.

It means new models developed by JLR will either be pure electric, or hybrids that combine electric and conventional engines.

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We already know that the first fully electric model will be the Jaguar I-Pace. "The advanced speech recognition software will allow it to answer your questions, connect you to the news, organise your travel and select your entertainment", Jaguar Land Rover said.

And Jaguar predicts you won't even own the driverless auto but will be a member of an on-demand vehicle sharing club by 2040 - although you will still be able to drive the auto as well as let the computer take over.

Just a month later, the United Kingdom government made a similar pledge, although with the significant difference that it will ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. If this is the future Jaguar has in mind, we're on board.

A slightly Skynet feature is the 'intelligent steering wheel that will revolutionise the way you live your life.' Called Sayer, after Malcolm Sayer, who designed the E-Type, it detaches from the auto and 'lives in your home and becomes your trusted companion.' Sounds pretty damn creepy, if you ask us.

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Some election-bound states, including Congress-ruled Karnataka, could get greater representation in the council of ministers. After meeting Shah earlier in the day, Jaitley suggested that he may not hold charge of the Defence Ministry for long.

Meanwhile, Hyundai hopes to release its own long-range electric auto (greater than 300 miles) by 2021.

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