Over the past year, there have been small hints dropped here and there to suggest that luxury British automaker Jaguar Land Rover is heading away from its V-8 past and going towards more environmentally-friendly models, including a potential all-electric model to compete with Tesla’s upcoming Model X crossover SUV.
Now we’ve got the best evidence yet that Jaguar will be bringing an all-electric car to market some time soon with the news that the company has filed to trademark ‘EV-Type’ in both the U.S. and Europe.
As Autoguide reports, the British company made a filing earlier this year trademarking the ‘EV-Type’ nameplate in both markets. Naturally, trademarking a name doesn’t necessarily mean it will be used — Tesla has trademarked several names that have yet to see the light of day — but it does hint that the luxury brand is considering something with a plug at some point in the future. Combine that with a survey earlier this year which suggested rather a large proportion of Jaguar drivers would go electric, and we think this rumor has some serious legs.
So far, neither Jaguar nor Land Rover have made a production plug-in vehicle, but we’ve seen plenty of engineering prototypes from Land Rover, including an all-electric go-anywhere Defender and a the plug-in hybrid Range_e Range Rover prototype. Meanwhile, Jaguar has played with several alternative fuelled drivetrains, including plug-in hybrid, electric and hybrid KERS vehicles.
As a consequence, we’ve seen a plug-in hybrid XJ concept and of course, the stunning C-X15 plug-in hybrid concept sports car Jaguar debuted in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
At the moment, there’s not a great deal to go on to suggest what form a potentials Jaguar ‘EV-Type’ would take, but given what we know of Jaguar and its desire to break into the compact car segment, we’re wondering if there’s a sporty, agile all-electric cat being developed somewhere in the British countryside.
It also makes us wonder if the semi-camouflaged Jaguar F-Type we spotted a few months back on the M5 motorway in Gloucstershire, England — months after the F-Type was launched — had some plug-in fun going on underneath the hood. While the car sported the usual quad-exhaust of the F-Type and standard online vehicle checking against the license plate shows nothing unusual, we’ve got to admit to being just a little curious.
As with all big cat sightings, we hope you’ll let us know if you spot it.
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