A Huge Shakeup At Lotus Means Leaving Gasoline and Hybrid Vehicles Behind
Lotus will go fully electric beyond 2021by Ciprian Florea, on
British automaker Lotus is currently elbows deep in revamping its entire lineup of sports cars and previous rumors suggested that we will see new generations of the Evora, Elise, a brand-new Esprit, and an SUV.
However, word is now that Lotus is planning to unveil a new gasoline car in 2021 and everything after that will be fully electric.
Speaking to AutoExpress, Lotus CEO Phil Popham says that the next generation of Lotus sports cars will skip hybrid technology and go the all-electric route.
"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," he said. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t see gasoline Lotus cars in the future, but Auto Express claims that "a new sports car due to arrive next year could be the firm’s last to use a petrol engine."
The same source also claims that the next-generation electric sports car "is expected to arrive toward the end of 2022."
This will be Lotus' first EV after the Evija, a limited-edition hypercar that costs in excess of $2.5 million.
Popham declined to reveal info about Lotus’ electric future, but did say that the company’s upcoming EVs will be underpinned by a new platform that will "support multiple cars."
He also commented on the upcoming gasoline sports car, claiming that it will have more passenger room, storage room, and on-board connectivity that the current Lotus models. "All of those will be modern technology, but it will absolutely drive and handle like a Lotus," added Popham.
As of 2020, Lotus offers three models: the Evora, Elise, and Exige. All are based on platforms that are at least 10 years old.
|Powertrain||Four electric motors|
|Battery||70 kWh battery pack|
|Torque||1,254 pound-feet of torque|
|Transmission||Four single-shift gearboxes|
|Power-to-Weight Ratio||1,174 horsepower - ton (estimate)|
|0 to 60 MPH||Less than three seconds|
|Top Speed||Over 200 mph|
|Electric range||250 miles (estimate)|
Source: Auto Express