Classic cars reborn as electric vehicles

By Motez Bishara

Updated 6:07 AM ET, Fri June 29, 2018
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A classic E-type Jaguar was ridden by newlyweds Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the way to their evening wedding reception in May, 2018. The 1968 model had been refitted as a zero emissions vehicle prototype. It's one of a number of classic cars getting an electric makeover. STEVE PARSONS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Conceptual designs for the the E-type Zero are based on the 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-Type Roadster. The car will boast an acceleration of 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds. Jaguar Land Rover
Unveiled as a concept car in September, 2017, the E-type Zero will maintain all of its 1960s simplicity. That includes a thin wooden steering wheel, retro-fitted side and rear view mirrors, and black leather seats -- while adding an electronic dashboard. Charlie Magee
The Jaguar E-type Zero features a lithium-ion battery pack with the same dimensions and similar weight to the original XK six-cylinder engine used in the classic model. Charlie Magee
Released in 1961, the E-type is set for a high-end electric relaunch for elite car enthusiasts. Its manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover announced it would stop launching petrol models in 2020 to focus entirely on fully electric or hybrid designs. Caleb Woods on Unsplash
The original VW campervan, such as this one spotted at the 2017 Bestival music festival in Dorset, are also making a comeback as fully electric vehicles. Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
This Austin Mini Cooper S was pictured in 1967 with its bonnet raised to show the engine. The classic car, made famous by the Michael Caine film "The Italian Job," will be relaunched in 2019 as a fully electric vehicle. C. Maher/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
A prototype of the Mini Electric was unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, 2018. Its 2019 launch will coincide with the model's 60th anniversary. BMW Group
At first glance, the Mini is nearly identical to its 1960s predecessor, save for a fuel-charging socket replacing a gas tank. The BMW Group, which owns the Mini brand, is a leader in electric cars, with two BMW electric models on the market and more planned. BMW Group
A classic Volkswagen Westfalia Camper pictured in Sardinia, Italy. Commonly known as the "Camper Van," the iconic minibus ceased production at the end of 2013 in Brazil. Tobias Weinhold on Unsplash
However, much to the delight of Camper enthusiasts, Volkswagen has announced plans for the I.D. BUZZ -- a fully electric vehicle inspired by its predecessor. Volkeswagen
The I.D. BUZZ is set for launch in 2022, according to Volkswagen, who ensures that the van will be equipped with eight seats and enough space for "bikes and boards." The I.D. BUZZ will also feature all-wheel drive and a battery range of 372 miles (600 kilometers). Volkeswagen
A classic Fiat 500 convertible -- commonly known as the Cinquecento in Italy -- sits in an alleyway in Paris, France. The model began production in Turin, Italy in 1957 and was discontinued in 1975. A modern version with a petrol engine was unveiled in Europe in 2007 and the US two years later. Robin Benzrihem on Unsplash
In 2017, Fiat launched the 500e, a fully electric version of the Fiat 500. Currently, the model is available exclusively for the US market. Though the car boasts 111 horsepower, its 84-mile driving range limits the 500e to mostly city driving. FCA US LLC