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2012-05-09 10:28

RECHARGING THROUGH THE BODYWORK: The new Jaguar XKX has layers of microscopic ripples that recharge batteries when subjected to airflow.

Jaguar is set to unveil a new electronic concept car inspired by the iconic E-type. The idea behind the new XKX was to revive the timeless design of the 1960s E-type of the 1960s while integrating an electric powerplant.

The stunning concept boasts extraordinary technology. The body of the XKX is covered in a layer of piezoelectric cells which can recharge the battery from the force of the air flowing over the bodywork.

The microscopic ripples along the bodywork are stimulated by the pressure and friction of wind. The ripples produce electricity which is then fed back into the vehicles battery.

Jaguar engineers state that the vehicle can recuperate nearly 60% of the energy lost from using the vehicle at highway speeds. Designed by Skyrill and Martin Myftiu, the Jaguar XKX has large side deflector air intakes in the front transmitting air to the rear to reduce drag.

As an EV, the small dimensions of the engine and flexibility of the battery's placement meant designers could concentrate on aerodynamics. The mirrors also fold into the body work to prevent them from being damaged.

The side profile of the car is inspired by the leaping Jaguar logo. At the front the headlights have been shaped to give the car an assertive feline look.

This may be novel and innovative, but it's unlikely that the XKX will go into production. The new technology certainly raises the bar for electric vehicles and we could see design elements and technology borrowed from the XKX on future Jaguar vehicles.

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