Is Jaguar Building an Electric F-Type?
Auto journalists make it a habit of every so often combing through the utterly boring hell-scape that are patent applications for scoops on new cars. Most of the time it yields no results, but every now and then, you come across something interesting. For instance, finding out that Jaguar might be building an EV version of the F-Type. In the trademark application, the company applies for the name “EV-Type” which very much hints at a full electric drivetrain Jaguar. While the application doesn’t specify which model would be getting this new designation, the fact that the application uses the moniker “Type” strongly pushes towards an all-electric F-Type. RELATED: See Photos of the All-New Jaguar F-Type Coupe
The F-Type was already based on the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, which used a hybrid electric drive train. So an EV F-Type isn’t that far out of the realm of where Jaguar was originally going. And considering the fact that Jaguar desperately needs to help its emissions and fuel consumption figures across the range, an EV-Type and an electric power unit makes sense.
If actually given the green light, an all-electric F-Type would be a pretty fantastic addition to the F-Type lineup. Just think about all that sweet, sweet torque.
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For now, all we have to go on are the trademark applications, and like many applications out there, most go unused. An EV F-Type may just not make enough business sense for the company to pull the trigger. But with both an AWD and a manual transmission version getting ready to see production, an EV model might not be outside the realm of possibilities.
And who knows, maybe this one won’t have a habit of barbecuing microphones. Exhibit A:
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