Lotus Points To All-Electric Future

Mon 15th Jun 2020

 

One of the world’s most iconic sports car brands is set to move to an all-electric powertrain, ditching petrol power forever.

Founded by Colin Chapman, the Norfolk based sports car manufacturer has been building petrol engine cars since 1948 and is responsible for some of the most sought after marques in motoring history, including the Elise, the Espirit and the Elite.

Lotus’ commitment to electric vehicles began in 2006 when they were one of the first companies to work with Tesla, building the first generation Roadster.

Speaking to Autocar magazine, the company’s CEO Phil Popham admitted that Lotus’ will build one final petrol production car before making the switch to electric.

“One thing we do believe in is the future of battery electric vehicles, and our intention is to offer BEV on our products in future,” Popham said.

“BEV is really well suited to sports cars – the torque characteristics, the weight distribution, design and flexibility of dynamics. For me it all leads to BEV as the ultimate technology for sports cars.”

Lotus, which is majority owned by China’s Geely, has showcased a stunning future for EVs with the £2.4million Evija supercar, of which only 130 will be built. Though Lotus’ will be available at a mark below the million pound bracket, it is expected that they will be costlier than the usual £45-85,000 bracket.

Popham is excited by the potential a lighter EV engine can bring to the market, saying: “The other thing with EV sports cars is distribution of weight. Batteries are flexible, you aren’t trying to build a car around some big componentry such as gearboxes and engines, so that gives you some flexibility.”