Lotus has brought innovative solutions since its founding by Colin Chapman in 1948, with its emphasis on pure driving, exceptional ride and handling, lightweight technology, and world-class aerodynamic engineering.
Lotus Technology, situated in China, and the Lotus team, based in the United Kingdom, are at the heart of Group Lotus’ future development strategy. Lotus in the UK will be in charge of the research and manufacture of sports cars, as well as hypercars like the electric Evija and global sales for the Lotus brand.
As a result, Lotus now benefits from increased skills in R&D, manufacturing, and supply chain management, allowing it to give global customers a more inventive and exhilarating driving experience, thanks to the backing and global resources of Geely Holding Group.
Lotus Technology in China will be in charge of integrating the next generation of lifestyle products, combining China’s EV and manufacturing expertise, the UK’s design and advanced performance centers, and R&D resources from Germany.
The new Lotus manufacturing plant in Wuhan is set to open later this year, joining the current UK sports car production and testing facilities in Hethel and Norwich.
“Transforming Lotus from a UK sports car company to a truly global performance car company has always been at the core of Vision80. The launch of Lotus Technology is a major milestone on the road to making that a reality while adhering to the unwavering Lotus principles of pure performance, efficiency, motorsport success, and, above all, being ‘For the Drivers’.” – Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars
The Lotus Premium architecture, one of four new vehicle platforms introduced at the Driving Tomorrow global strategy conference in April, will be used to produce the brand’s new premium lifestyle vehicles. The Premium architecture can accommodate wheelbases ranging from 2,889mm to 3,100mm and could be expanded in the future.
This platform also encourages the development of all classes of passenger vehicles ranging from C+ to E. It is compatible with the industry’s most efficient 800-volt high-speed EV charging system, which uses 92-120kWh batteries. Products built on this architecture will be able to get from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds.
Lotus will once again set the benchmark for performance in the age of intelligent electric mobility, redefining the link between man and vehicle and assisting the global automotive industry in quickening the pace of this transition.
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