The electrical Lotuses (that are not Lotuses)

The Elise-based Roadster was Tesla's first foray into mass manufacturing
Lotus has introduced it's planning a £2 million electrical hypercar - however how shut has it come earlier than?

Whereas Lotus has by no means made an electrical automobile itself (at the least publicly: Group Lotus’s Lotus Engineering arm usually conducts secret tasks for different automobile makers), there are a selection of electrical Lotuses in existence. 

Most well-known is the Tesla Roadster. The mannequin used to launch Tesla, the Roadster was based mostly on an Elise chassis and given a 200-mile vary. Virtually 2500 discovered houses in its four-year manufacturing run, which was devised to get Tesla used to creating and promoting electrical vehicles and introduce its model to the world on confirmed underpinnings. 

Intriguingly, across the identical time, Dodge made an electrical sports activities automobile idea based mostly on the Europa, however in contrast to the Tesla it by no means made manufacturing. 

We nonetheless await our first take a look at of the latest Elise-based electrical sports activities automobile, the Detroit Electrical SP:01. The mission has been effervescent for a number of years – it was introduced way back to 2013 – however funding issues have prevented it from making manufacturing. 

There are extra tales of electrical Lotuses with manufacturing intentions, together with different Silicon Valley upstarts and German university-led tasks, however none has ever made it so far as the Tesla Roadster. 

One electrical Lotus by no means destined for manufacturing is a one-off US creation referred to as Blue Lightning that mixes an Evora chassis with a Tesla Mannequin S motor and a Chevrolet Volt’s battery pack. 

One other is the Nemesis, a solo creation from electrical charging firm Ecotricity, which set an electrical land pace report of 151mph within the UK with its Lotus Exige-based electrical automobile in 2012. 

Lotus’s personal public work on hybrid and electrical automobiles has included the 2012 Evora 414E, a range-extender hybrid that used a small 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine with twin electrical motors. The model additionally had a significant position in growing the powertrain for the electrical Rolls-Royce 102EX of 2011. 

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