Green Jaguar: Royal newly-weds stun crowds with electrifying style

Posted: 8:45 AM, May 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-20 09:45:54-04
Green Jaguar: Royal newly-weds stun crowds with electrifying style

After a royal wedding unlike any seen before in Britain, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a suitably unconventional choice of vehicle in which to travel to their evening reception.

Prince Harry drove his new bride, wearing a Stella McCartney dress, from Windsor Castle to nearby Frogmore House in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type, originally built in 1968 but recently converted to electric power. Its number plate bore the date of Saturday's wedding - E190518.

Jaguar launched the service to restore and convert existing E-Types to electric power -- the ultimate in upcycling -- last year as Concept Zero, but with a cost of at least $400,000 you'll need a king's ransom to afford it.

The green supercar driven by Prince Harry is based on a Series 1.5 E-Type, once described by Enzo Ferrari as "the most beautiful car in the world," with its original gas-guzzling 3.8-liter XK engine replaced by a 295-horsepower electric motor.

The Concept Zero offers the same electrifying performance as a petrol-powered E-Type, one of the world's fastest production cars when it was launched in 1961. A top speed of 150mph is claimed for the electric car along with a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds and a range of 170 miles.

The vehicles are re-engineered in Coventry in the West Midlands by  Jaguar Land Rover Classic , the heritage division of the British carmaker, now owned by India's Tata Motors. The Concept Zero was the brainchild of chief Tim Hannig, who told  Autocar magazine¬† that while it may not appeal to every Jaguar purist, he hoped it would attract well-heeled buyers who desire classic motoring "without the oil leaks."