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New electric Lotus sports car set for 2026 launch

Lotus has teased a new all-electric sports activities auto successor to its legendary Elise. The Lotus EV is due in 2026 on a new system staying made by the British model for use in long run electric powered sports activities automobiles – and the up coming-generation Alpine A110. 

Now owned by Chinese dad or mum Geely, Lotus has confirmed that the new Emira sports vehicle will be its past combustion-engined product, with each individual new Lotus that follows it due to be completely electrical and centered on a selection of freshly formulated platforms. 

The future new Lotus will be a huge SUV, codenamed ‘Type 132’, which will be designed in China together with a future 4-doorway GT recognized as ‘Type 133’ and a mid-dimensions SUV, codenamed Type 134. 

But, in this deluge of what the model phrases ‘lifestyle’ models to be based mostly on a system known as Premium Architecture, Lotus has also confirmed designs for a absolutely electric powered athletics auto, which will be built at its Hethel HQ employing a new platform identified as E-Athletics. This car or truck will arrive in 2026, and will be an all-electric powered Elise successor developed to sit alongside the combustion-driven Emira. 

The teaser picture previews an virtually Esprit-like silhouette, with a roofline and windowline that seem comparable in shape to that of the brand’s legendary mid-engined supercar, alongside with a likewise pointy nose. The robust, pronounced haunches over the front and rear axles of the auto are far more in holding with the brand’s hottest efficiency automobile style language, drawing inspiration from the Evija electric powered hypercar and the Emira. 

Along with the teaser, the brand name has verified that it is doing work with battery expert Britishvolt to produce the new battery technological innovation that will be key to the automobile. 

The partnership will see the two firms work alongside one another to produce a following-era battery cell offer that will be applied on foreseeable future all-electric Lotus sports activities cars and trucks. The Britishvolt-created battery tech will be allied to Lotus propulsion and motor methods, and will likely be mounted in Lotus cars and trucks centered on the E-Sports activities system using an electrified rear-subframe named LEVA. 

This subframe means that the battery can both be positioned below the car’s flooring, or can be stacked vertically guiding the passenger cell, to give a similar bodyweight distribution and centre of gravity to a normal mid-engined petrol athletics vehicle. 

Lotus Managing director Matt Wendle mentioned: “Lotus is delighted to be collaborating with Britishvolt to build new battery mobile technologies to showcase the thrilling performance that a Lotus EV sporting activities motor vehicle can deliver. These are the initial thrilling measures on the journey toward an all-new electrical athletics car or truck from Lotus.”

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