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'Eco E-Type': Royal newly-weds stun crowds with electrifying style

Updated 20th May 2018
'Eco E-Type': Royal newly-weds stun crowds with electrifying style
Written by Peter Wilkinson, CNNLondon
After a royal wedding unlike any seen before in Britain, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex 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.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave Windsor Castle for the evening reception in the Jaguar Concept Zero.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave Windsor Castle for the evening reception in the Jaguar Concept Zero. Credit: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock
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."