Is Jaguar going to build an electric car?
The news that Jaguar has filed for the trademark of the nomenclature “EV” has sparked some speculation that the company might be getting into the “green” side of car making with an all-electric vehicle.
Car badging can be a big deal because your fans expect to see certain models and car lines carry on with tradition, like the Iconic E-Type, F-Type, S-Type, X-Type, and now the EV-Type! Most car manufacturers today have used the “E” to signify some type of electric car or maybe advertise the Eco friendly side to the carbon pollution folks (or those who care about that kind of stuff). It could be that Jaguar intends to release some type of more Eco-friendly low emission vehicle that would appeal to this niche market. The type of trademark they filed for in the US and Europe has to be used within three years before it expires, so we will know what it stands for before too long.
Before we get too far off the mark, however, let’s consider that odd letters and numbers are often used in some type of concept or one-off vehicle to be shown at the auto or trade shows around the world. Originally the F-Type was previewed as the C-X16 and with the news of an all-wheel drive F-Type to be unveiled at the 2014 LA Auto Show; therefore the EV could possibly signal the coming of an all-electric version of the F-Type.
The technology and engineering behind the all-electric and hybrid sports cars have truly been a scientific wonder. Just look at the number being achieved by the Porsche 918 Spyder that’s a gasoline-electric Hybrid Supercar (zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph) and the BMW i8 hybrid with turbocharged 1.5 liter inline engine and an electric motor combination (zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds).
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Only time will tell but it would be awesome to see Jaguar try their hand at an electric or hybrid sports car to go up against the other cars in this market.