Lotus is looking to the future, specifically focusing on electrification. The venerable British automaker is anticipated to make a dramatic change in course by 2027, gradually replacing the Emira with the electric Type 135 sports vehicle. A more affordable option compared to the $1.5 million Evija, which soars through the air, the Type 135 is expected to cost approximately $95,345.
For the two-motor variant, the new electric car is anticipated to have 872 horsepower
The Chief Commercial Officer of the Lotus Group, Mike Johnstone, stressed the importance of a two-seat sports car in preserving the core of the Lotus brand. It’s important to embody the spirit of innovation and passion that have defined the Lotus brand, rather than merely owning a vehicle bearing the badge.
The Type 135 isn’t your average electric car. Riding on the Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture, it is expected to be an engineering marvel (LEVA). This novel chassis is to be 37% lighter than the Emira’s, though the addition of a large battery pack will increase the overall weight.
With one- and two-motor configurations that provide 469 and 872 horsepower, respectively, Lotus promises versatility. This adaptability makes it possible to have both rear- and all-wheel drive setups, leaving the possibility of a sophisticated torque-vectoring AWD system similar to the one seen in the Evija.
It goes beyond power, though. Driving dynamics for electric sports cars are intended to be redefined by the Type 135 model. Lotus intends to store its batteries behind the driver, in contrast to many other EVs that store them beneath the vehicle. The more realistic sports car feel that brand enthusiasts have grown accustomed to is ensured by this design decision, which also guarantees a lower seating position.
The Emeya sedan and the Eletre SUV, two of Lotus’ other models, are made in China, so the decision to base production of the Type 135 in England is a big one. Lotus is positioned to revolutionize the sports car industry by fusing the thrill of driving with the contemporary electric efficiency of its vehicles, with an annual sales target of 10,000 to 15,000 units worldwide. With great anticipation, the automotive world watches as Lotus gets ready to launch this exciting new chapter.