Lotus has given several hints about its plans for future electrification, but a new report reveals more about its EV ambitions.
Lotus is nearing delivery of its last internal combustion car, the Emira, and will ramp up its electric car efforts in the coming years.
Previously, Lotus had only hinted at its electrified future in the form of the Eviza hypercar, but that car’s price and 130-unit limited production – which will begin soon – mean it will be unaffordable to most people.
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The automaker’s full plans look more accessible — at least to a small-batch sports car maker. Lotus will build an electric SUV, a sedan and a crossover, with a sports car coming in 2026.
The sports car, known as the Type 135, would serve as the entry point to the Lotus catalog and would be considered a replacement for the Elise.
Lotus will base its electric sports car on a new platform called the e-Sports, which is said to be 37 percent lighter than the platform on the new Emira.
To improve balance and weight, the platform integrates the battery as a structural component, and gives engineers two possible locations for the car’s battery pack.
In sports models, where space is an issue, the battery will be placed at the rear of the passenger compartment, almost like a mid-engined car.
This will be an unusual situation for an electric car battery, and will be looking to overcome some interesting challenges for Lotus.
Larger models, such as the planned electric SUV, will move the battery pack under the floor—a more traditional location for electric vehicles.
The new architecture could also feature single or dual motor powertrains, which would translate into an impressive power output range of between 350kW to 650kW.
This would suggest that there will be some serious performance available for the drivers.
Analysis: Challenge for Lotus
The challenge of making an EV, especially for a sports car-only brand like Lotus, is weight and balance.
Batteries are heavy and completely change the way a vehicle is handled and behaved on the road.
Lotus has thought about this and addressed it – at least partially – with its e-sports platform, but “adding lightness” can be a daunting prospect when the building blocks of a vehicle are so many to begin with. be heavy
The good news is that Lotus’ parent company, Geely, also owns Volvo and Polestar, so there are plenty of opportunities for parts and information to be shared between brands.
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via Autocar and InsideEVS