Lotus’s Second BEV on way with Battery Supplier Contract

Lotus published a design sketch image of its proposed second BEV sportscar as it announced a commercial tie-up with battery cell specialist, Britishvolt.

The partnership will focus on the co-development of an innovative new battery cell package to power a generation of Lotus BEVs. The package is set to feature in a new sports car, bringing together Britishvolt cells and using electric propulsion technologies developed by Lotus.

Both companies research and development centers in the West Midlands, the UK’s ‘golden triangle’ of battery research. The collaboration follows a £100M ($132M) investment by Lotus in its UK facilities, which includes manufacturing centers at Hethel for the Evija pure electric hypercar and Emira sportscar. The automaker says all its future cars will be pure electric, inspired by the Evija which sees deliveries commence this year.

Matt Windle, managing director, Lotus Cars, said: “These are the first exciting steps on the journey towards an all-new electric sports car from Lotus and yet another step towards the transformation towards sustainable, renewable electricity stored in batteries. Last year we committed Lotus to a pure electric future and, in the first month of this year, we announce another significant step on that journey. In the coming months we will be unveiling the Type 132, an all-new and all-electric Lotus SUV and we’ve confirmed three more EVs are on the way.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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