Lotus to offer electric versions of all its cars after one last gas-only hurrah
|driving.ca 17 Jul 2019 at 12:25|
Well, it’s time to say good-bye to Lotus as we know it: the introduction of the Evija EV hypercar marks the beginning of the gasoline-driven end for the brand once praised for its lightness and handling capabilities while using small, efficient engines.
According to Lotus CEO Phil Popham in an interview with Autocar , the British brand will build just one more gasoline-powered sports car before it switches to building electric versions, too, of every single model in its range, to complement the petrol-burner variant.
“After we’ve built our 130 hypercars, we’ll concentrate on rebuilding our core sports car range. We will have a combustion-powered sports car to show you towards the end of next year, for sale after that. Beyond that car, every Lotus, in whatever segment, will have a full electric version.”
So, it seems like instead of following its old mantra, “simplify and add lightness,” after 2020, Lotus plans to “electrify and add batteries” to everything. Unless Lotus can also figure out a way to make batteries that weigh as much as a postage stamp, or steals some anti-gravity technology from Area 51.
Lotus plans ‘practical’ sports car as other models develop
Over the next 10 years, Lotus plans to roll out its “Vision 80” plan, which Popham says “contains a commitment to be ‘for the driver,’ first, last and always. Lotus models will always be at the heart of driver involvement and enjoyment.”
Lotus still thinks it will be driver-focused automaker, despite fully-autonomous driving peeking its ugly head around the corner. So it seems like Lotus’ heart is in the right place, even if its gasoline engines might not be come 2021.