Why should GM, Tesla and Fisker have all the fun? Jaguar is planning an electric version of its 2010 XJ that may see the light of production come 2011. Autocar UK has suggested that Jaguar has produced a test model, a 2011 Jaguar XJ electric car that runs on a plug-in electric system with a small combustion engine for added range. While the gas-hungry performance details may not translate from the ICE Jaguars of old, the miles-per-gallon statistic is sexy in its own right.
This Electric 2011 Jaguar XJ would 47 mpg’s and under 120 g/km of carbon emissions. It does so with a 145kW electric motor (194 horsepower) and a 1.2L 3-cylinder engine keeping it charged on longer drives (up to 600 miles). That backup engine is courtesy of a partnership with Lotus, who will provide their expertise with light, powerful engines to Jaguar in the production of this electric steed.
Will the Electric 2011 Jaguar XJ actually see production for a 2011 release? It’s a little late in the game to suggest that, but we may see an electric concept by the Geneva Motor Show next month, if not in the near future. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, as this is precisely the kind of vehicle we want to see on the road… [via autoblog]