Lotus: one last ICE sports car before full EV transition
The next Lotus sports car to be launched in 2021 will be powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). But after that last gasoline hurrah, all of the brand’s future products will be EVs, starting with the Evija hypercar. Lotus says it wants to take advantage of the flexibility of the EV architecture.
In an interview with AutoExpress, Lotus CEO Phil Popham hinted that the first EV sports car from Lotus could be on the road by 2022. The last gasoline-powered Lotus in the company’s 72-year history is due to arrive next year.
Popham added that there wouldn’t be any hybrid or plug-in hybrid models to ease the transition, as the technology equals to having a heavier combustion-engined car or a more complicated EV.
Last year, Lotus surprised the automotive sector by presenting its future electric hypercar. With 2 000 hp, the Evija will serve as the company’s halo product. However, that won’t be the only electric Lotus. According to an interview with the company’s CEO in AutoExpress, more will follow.
Full EV transition
Moreover, not only has the iconic British sports car manufacturer decided to dabble into electric cars with a few select models, it is diving head-first into it. Lotus will develop a line-up of fully electric sports cars. Under the ownership of Chinese giant Geely since 2017, Lotus now has full access to batteries, EV architectures, and fresh money.
“One thing we do believe in is the future of battery electric vehicles, and we intend to offer BEVs on our products in the future. BEV is well suited for 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,” declared CEO Phil Popham to AutoExpress.