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New electric Lotus sports car set for 2026 launch

Lotus has teased a new all-electric sports car or truck successor to its iconic Elise. The Lotus EV is because of in 2026 on a new system being formulated by the British brand name for use in future electrical sporting activities cars – and the following-generation Alpine A110. 

Now owned by Chinese father or mother Geely, Lotus has verified that the new Emira sports activities car will be its past combustion-engined design, with just about every new Lotus that follows it owing to be fully electrical and based mostly on a vary of newly designed platforms. 

The next new Lotus will be a significant SUV, codenamed ‘Type 132’, which will be designed in China along with a future four-door GT regarded as ‘Type 133’ and a mid-measurement SUV, codenamed Form 134. 

But, in this deluge of what the model terms ‘lifestyle’ types to be dependent on a platform identified as High quality Architecture, Lotus has also confirmed programs for a totally electric powered sports car or truck, which will be designed at its Hethel HQ using a new platform termed E-Sporting activities. This automobile will get there in 2026, and will be an all-electrical Elise successor made to sit alongside the combustion-run Emira. 

The teaser impression previews an just about Esprit-like silhouette, with a roofline and windowline that appear comparable in condition to that of the brand’s legendary mid-engined supercar, alongside with a likewise pointy nose. The solid, pronounced haunches more than the front and rear axles of the automobile are extra in maintaining with the brand’s newest functionality motor vehicle layout language, drawing inspiration from the Evija electric hypercar and the Emira. 

Alongside the teaser, the brand name has verified that it is performing with battery specialist Britishvolt to create the new battery technologies that will be essential to the motor vehicle. 

The partnership will see the two companies get the job done collectively to acquire a up coming-era battery mobile package deal that will be utilised on long run all-electric powered Lotus sporting activities cars and trucks. The Britishvolt-created battery tech will be allied to Lotus propulsion and motor programs, and will probably be mounted in Lotus vehicles based mostly on the E-Sports system utilizing an electrified rear-subframe identified as LEVA. 

This subframe suggests that the battery can both be positioned under the car’s ground, or can be stacked vertically driving the passenger mobile, to supply a very similar bodyweight distribution and centre of gravity to a common mid-engined petrol athletics vehicle. 

Lotus Running director Matt Wendle stated: “Lotus is delighted to be collaborating with Britishvolt to produce new battery mobile technological innovation to showcase the thrilling functionality that a Lotus EV sports auto can produce. These are the first fascinating measures on the journey in direction of an all-new electric powered sporting activities auto from Lotus.”

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