- Two electric SUVs, a coupe and a sports car are planned
- Picture gallery: Lotus electric cars (teaser pictures)
Two electric SUVs, a coupe and a sports car are planned
Sports car manufacturer Lotus, which has been part of Geely since 2017, announced its electrification plans for the next five years on August 31st. After that, an electric SUV is to be launched next year and then another three electric cars.
The electric SUV, which will start in 2022, will compete in the upper middle class (E segment). A year later, in 2023, a four-door electric coupe in the same segment will follow. An electric mid-range SUV is then planned for 2025 and a new electric sports car in 2026, which is internally called the Type 135 (and will probably be developed together with Alpine):
"In 2022, Lotus will debut an E-segment SUV codenamed Type 132. It will be followed in 2023 by an E-segment four-door coupe, Type 133, and in 2025 by Type 134, a new D-segment SUV. This trio will be joined in 2026 by an all-new electric sports car, Type 135. " (Lotus press release)
The new models expand the current portfolio, which includes combustion models such as Elise, Exige and Evora as well as the all-electric super sports car Evija and the also new Emira which is said to be the last petrol-powered sports car from Lotus ("the last petrol-powered sports car from Lotus").
Picture gallery: Lotus electric cars (teaser pictures)
The new "premium lifestyle vehicles" are to be based on the premium architecture, one of four new electric car platforms that Lotus announced at the Driving Tomorrow strategy conference in April.
The four electric car architectures from Lotus announced in April
The platform supports wheelbases from 2,889 to 3,100 millimeters and enables all possible car types from the upper C-segment (compact class) to the E-segment (upper middle class). The batteries have storage capacities between 92 and 120 kWh, and the platform also supports 800-volt technology. Cars based on this platform should be able to accelerate to 100 km / h in less than three seconds.
The cars are to be manufactured in a new plant in Wuhan, which is scheduled to start production in 2021. It is intended to complement the British plants in Hethel and Norwich and exclusively produce electric cars. The plant has a production capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year. The plant includes a test track on which you can drive through 16 corners at a speed of up to 230 km / h, says Lotus.
Lotus in the UK will remain responsible for the development and production of sports cars and the Evija electric hypercar, as well as coordinating global sales. However, the new electric cars should be the responsibility of Lotus Technologies in China, where the distances to the parent company Geely are shorter.
The announcements were made on the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony for the company headquarters of Lotus Technologies in Wuhan, China, which should be ready in 2024. In addition to Geely boss Eric Li and Lotus boss Feng Qingfeng, there was also Nio-Founder Li Bin in attendance, who was introduced as a Lotus Technologies investor.
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