Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

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Recycled aluminium to be used more in JLR cars

JLR's announcement comes a week after fellow British brand Aston Martin said it would electrify all of its cars by 2025, and more than a month after Sweden's Volvo would end gas-only vehicle production and introduce cars with some sort of sort of plug-in capability starting in 2019.

And it will be using its most famous model - the E-Type - to spearhead the new initiative.

And finally, representing the future, Jaguar's people have come up with the "Future Type", a concept for a fully autonomous electric vehicle - for the world of 2040, where cars are not owned but shared. JLR has previously suggested it would like to build an electric auto plant in the United Kingdom, similar to Nissan's Sunderland facility where the Leaf is built, but it is yet to make a commitment. E-type Zero's unique electric powertrain was developed by an electric powertrain specialist in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover engineers and to a specific brief from Jaguar Land Rover Classic.

The E-Type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type Roadster, but has been restored and modified by Jaguar Land Rover's Classic Works division. With 295hp though it's still capable of 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds, and Jaguar claims a real-world range of about 170 miles and a typical charge time of six-seven hours. This steering wheel lives in your home and becomes your trusted companion.

If there's sufficient demand, Jaguar will offer the classic electric retro-conversion to customers. The company is also expected to present a concept for a voice-activated, detachable steering wheel.

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Also notably, the event will be held at Steve Jobs Theater , the first event to be held on Apple's new Apple Park campus. Reports have already claimed this will be the most expensive iPhone starting at $1000 and going up all the way to $1200.

To demonstrate how new technologies could change its portfolio, Jaguar is today showing off its electric credentials at an event called Jaguar Tech Fest, which is being held near Kings Cross Station in London.

He went on: "Our Future-Type Concept is an advanced research project looking at how we can ensure an on-demand Jaguar will appeal to customers in 2040 and beyond". It's created to be separate to the vehicle, meaning that drivers need only own the steering wheel, rather than the auto.

The wheel has been built for driving too though, and can recommend stretches of road where the driver may prefer to take over and disable the FUTURE-TYPE's autonomous drive functions.

The I-Pace is a pure-electric SUV that'll hit dealers in 2018 - expected to be priced around £60,000.

Every new Jaguar Land Rover model launched from 2020 will have an electrified variant, the company has confirmed.

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