A new sports car is coming.
Lotus is currently working on reviving itself yet again, and it seems that the British sports car manufacturer is going to make a success of it this time around. The Lotus Evija was the first step in resurrecting the brand in the eye of the public, but more models are coming. Among these is an SUV, but we're most interested in a new electric sports car that Lotus has been feeding us little bits of information on.
Among these releases has been an explanation of its new architecture's potential, but now Lotus is giving us a little more to go on, announcing that it is collaborating with Britishvolt to make the electric sports car happen. Along with the announcement is the teaser sketch you see below, giving us a hint of the future.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of intent, with this partnership to focus on the joint development of "an innovative new battery cell package to power the next generation of sports cars from Lotus."
This collaboration is a great move from Lotus as Britishvolt is the UK's foremost investor in battery cell technologies and associated R&D. It will help Lotus advance in the fields of fast-charging, optimized energy density, and weight reduction - all the areas that need to be at their very best to make a combustion-free EV any fun to drive. Weight reduction is especially important. Remember, Lotus founder Colin Chapman's famous words? "Simplify, then add lightness."
Lotus says that all its future products will be inspired by the Evija, of which deliveries will commence this year as Britain's first electric hypercar. Britishvolt is also working on "some of the world's most sustainable, low carbon battery cells on the site of the former Blyth Power Station coal stocking yard." The irony of a fossil fuel yard now being used to manufacture batteries is poetic of the world's transition to cleaner, more sustainable mobility. The site will be built in stages to keep up with advances in battery technology (work already started on the development in September last year) and will have a total capacity of over 30 gigawatt hours by the end of the decade.
With so much investment in and development of EVs, Lotus could someday overtake Aston Martin as the consummate British sports car manufacturer.