The company known for adding method uses this method to supply electricity. Partly because I became a motorist for the first time since discovering the Lotus Seven. But that's because light weight has always been a hallmark of Lotus, and while electric vehicles highly recommend it, it's not usually "light."
In April of this year, Lotus revealed that its plans now include four new platforms, three of which will be fully electric this week, with an overview of the company's thinking about electric vehicles. The vehicle of choice is lightweight (or "Project LEVA" in Lotus-talk). The newly developed rear lower frame switch is much lighter than the V6-powered Emira (revealed in July as the latest Lotus variant with an internal combustion engine).
The back cover is molded. Intelligent cast aluminum supports more than one type of thrust design. There is a typical approach to the skateboard, where a large plate fills the floor of the vehicle between the axles, as is evident in every EV battery currently available. Lotus says the configuration could be a 2+2 with a wheelbase of at least 104.3 inches (2650 mm), a 66.4 kWh battery, a single 470 hp (350 kW) motor, or a two-motor build. Drive unit max. 872 hp (650 kW).
Skateboarding doesn't always work
But for two-seater sports cars, the skateboard design isn't exactly perfect. In these applications, low ride height and overall vehicle height are important, so instead of positioning the cockpit atop a large panel of batteries, Lotus uses a so-called "trunk" design.
Here, the battery pack, like the engine of one of the current Lotus cars, is installed in the middle. (This is the same powertrain design that Porsche envisioned for the Mission R concept, and most also use uncut electric hypercars with a phone number price tag.) Lotus advertising says the middle of the battery leads come in two possible layouts. For the smallest and lightest electric sports car, this means a wheelbase of at least 97.2 inches (2,470 mm). The Lotus Elise has a wheelbase of 90.6 inches (2300 mm). These small electric vehicles carry a 66.4 kWh package and use a single power unit of 470 hp.
For larger two-seater sports cars (think Lotus Esprit instead of Lotus Elise), the wheelbase can be extended to at least 104.3 inches. These cars have a two-motor drive unit and a battery pack of 99.6 kWh. Overall, the focus is on ultimate performance, efficiency and safety that were built from the ground up – for example, using the chassis as a battery compartment, with an EDU built in, removing subframes and improving multi-link suspension components,” said Richard Rockham, Head of Vehicle Concepts at Lotus and Chief Engineer of the Leva Project: “We are still waiting for the first lightweight electric car from Lotus, which won't be until 2026. But it may be architecture.” See you soon for other manufacturers to use it - provided by Lotus to third parties through Lotus Engineering Consulting.
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