The now announced Lotus EV sits below the Evija and is reminiscent of the Esprit. The e-platform is being developed together with Alpine.
The British car manufacturer Lotus has made a clear commitment to a battery-electric future . The manufacturer is planning four new electric cars by 2026 – in addition to two SUVs and a coupé, a new lightweight electric sports car is also to come.
Lotus gets Alpine brother
It is based on a platform that is being developed together with Renault subsidiary Alpine. Both parties had already announced a corresponding declaration of intent in January 2021. At Alpine, the next A110 is being built on this basis. Lotus itself had already outlined the first key data for the new electric platform in October 2021. This architecture will not put the battery in the underbody, but behind the driver's cab - where the combustion engine used to be. With this, Lotus wants to ensure adequate driving dynamics, especially since the electric Lotus sports car should not be heavier than the Emira equipped with combustion engines. The British put it at around 1.4 tons.,
Plenty of power and an Esprit look
The new chassis has the working title LEVA (Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture) and offers variable layouts, different wheelbases and scalable battery sizes. In the two-seater configuration for the sports car, the wheelbase is at least 2,470 millimeters. The battery consists of eight modules and has a capacity of 66.4 kWh, and is powered by an electric motor with an output of 350 kW (476 hp). In a second variant, the two-seater has a wheelbase of at least 2,650 millimeters, the battery comprises twelve modules and offers a capacity of 99.6 kWh, and two electric motors with a combined output of 650 kW (884 hp) take over the drive.,
They will come Battery modules from battery cell experts Britishvolt. Both partners signed a corresponding declaration of intent in January 2022. An accompanying published sketch of the upcoming electric sports car shows a silhouette reminiscent of the legendary Esprit. The strong, pronounced wheel arches on both axles, on the other hand, are more reminiscent of the design language of the Evija and Emira models. The Lotus EV sports car is supposed to come in 2026.
You can see which Lotus models the EV will inherit from now in the slide show.
Lotus wants to bring a purely electrically powered lightweight sports car in 2026. It is being developed together with Alpine. If you believe the first teaser, its lines follow the legendary Esprit.