Jaguar trademarks EV-Type nameplateMon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:00 EST
Green may have been a popular color choice for the classic Jaguar E-Type, but even in Lightweight form (pictured above), it was hardly what you'd call environmentally friendly. Not by today's standards, anyway, with six-, eight- and twelve-cylinder engines displacing between 3.8 and 5.3 liters. But Jaguar looks to be preparing to revive the nameplate – or at least one similar – with a new electric vehicle in the works.
According to the latest intel, Jaguar has applied both in the US and in Europe to trademark the name EV-Type. The implication that it's developing an electric vehicle is clear, as is the reference to its iconic sports car of yore. But more than that, we don't know. We could be looking at an electric version of the current F-Type, a project to convert original E-Types to electric power or a different model altogether.
It wouldn't be the first time, of course, that we'd see Jaguar toying with the idea of electric propulsion. A couple of years ago, the British automaker demonstrated a plug-in hybrid XJ_e prototype, and showcased both the C-X16 and C-X75 concepts with advanced hybrid powertrains. But it has yet to put any such system into production, relying instead on the small diesels it sells in Europe to keep its carbon footprint small.
Sister company Land Rover has similarly toyed with an array of hybrid and electric powertrains, but to date has only done diesel hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that it doesn't offer in the US. The electric powertrain apparently being developed for the EV-Type would likely be shared with a Land Rover model as well.
By Noah Joseph
See also: Jaguar launches new classic racing series, Jaguar bringing all-wheel-drive F-Type to LA Auto Show [w/video], Jaguar opens new engine plant in the UK.