: Electric Lotus Sports Car Set to Replace Emira by 2027

Possible 872 hp with < $100K starting price

Lotus is in the works of developing a new electric sports car. Referred to as Type 135 internally, it is expected to have a significantly lower price compared to the extravagant $1.5 million Evija. The renowned British automaker has slated the reveal of this model for 2025 with sales beginning in 2027 at an estimated cost of $95,345 (75,000 pounds), as reported by Autocar.

“We must have the bullseye of the brand, and that must be the two-seat sports car,” stated Lotus Group’s Chief Commercial Officer Mike Johnstone in an interview with Autocar. “Without it, we are simply a brand with a Lotus badge. The sports car is a crucial component of our future.”

The Type 135 is set to take the place of both the Elise and Emira in Lotus’ range. It will come as a two-seater, utilizing the LEVA (Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture) that was originally developed for the now-discontinued partnership between Lotus and Alpine (as shown in the released teaser image), as per reports by Autocar. The framework is said to be significantly lighter than that of the Emira, however, the end weight is expected to increase due to the added weight of the battery pack.

It has been reported that there will be a choice of one- and two-engine powertrain options, delivering 469 and 872 horsepower respectively. The chassis is capable of supporting both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, as Lotus has expressed a desire to leave the door open for a potential addition of a torque-vectoring AWD system, similar to the one featured on the Evija.

Although undoubtedly powerful, these statistics are marginally lower compared to Lotus’ other electric vehicles. The Emeya four-door offers a maximum of 905 horsepower. Similarly, the Eletre sport utility vehicle comes in options of either 603 or 905 horsepower.

According to reports, there will be two types of batteries available: one with a capacity of 66.4 kilowatt-hours and the other with 99.6 kWh. These batteries will provide a range of approximately 300 miles and 450 miles, respectively. Instead of placing the batteries under the floor like most electric vehicles, Lotus intends to arrange them in a stacked formation behind the driver. This unique design allows for a lower seating position, creating a more classic sports car feel that is synonymous with the Lotus brand.

Lotus is set to produce the Type 135 in England, in contrast to the Emeya and Eletre models which are manufactured in China. The brand foresees a demand for 10,000 to 15,000 units per annum, on a global scale.

We have initiated contact with Lotus to verify all of the information stated. We will make sure to edit this article accordingly once we receive a response.

Source: Autocar

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