It has probably not slipped anyones attention that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married yesterday. But I wonder how many took note that they silently drove away in an electric Jaguar E-type? I am pretty sure millions of people noticed!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/hRrxEUlFlJ
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
This is actually a very pleasant surprise. The symbolic value of this event for the global shift to electric transportation cannot be underestimated.
The car is a converted 1968 E-Type, and this particular one now has “E190518” on the license plate, stating the date of Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
To better understand the idea behind the Jaguar E-type Concept Zero, you can can read Steve Hanley’s article about it from last year, and take a look at this video from Fully Charged covering the official unveiling of it:
No doubt this stunt combines a lot of positive thinking around EVs in the general public. What Royalty say and do seem to have tremendous impact on people’s attitudes, like it or not. And all lovers of classic cars will have to give in to the beauty of this electrified Jaguar. The rest of us are just thrilled to our stomach that EVs are now really finally getting a firm grip in the general public.
I do not follow the lives of royalties in particular, and the fact that my wife is the one spotting this in morning news proves my point: a lot of people will realize that electric will be the norm sooner than they might have thought.
I am pretty sure that if Tony Seba is watching this, he will think, “Yup, definitely climbing the S-curve right now!”
Image credit: Jaguar.com