Electric Lotus Type 130 hypercar set for 16 July reveal
Lotus will reveal its new electric hypercar – codenamed the Type 130 – at an event in London on 16 July, the British sportscar brand has confirmed.
It was first teased at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year, and Lotus has now released a second teaser image and a short promotional video as the countdown to the full launch begins.
The video shows that the Lotus Type 130 will feature a CCS socket, making it wcompatible with rapid chargers.
Meanwhile, a plaque under the port cover reads ‘Hand built in Britain by Lotus’; the Type 130 will assembled exclusively at the company’s base in Hethel, Norfolk, with production limited to 130 units.
The Type 130 is Lotus’s first new model in a decade, and the company says it has received hundreds of expressions of interest from potential buyers.
Earlier this year, the first teaser sketch previewed the profile of the electric hypercar, which will rival the likes of the Pininfarina Battista when it goes on sale.
“Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history,” said Lotus CEO Phil Popham. “It marks a turning point for our brand as it is a showcase of what we are capable of, and what is to come for Lotus.”
Chinese firm Geely bought a majority stake in Lotus in September 2017, with a view to transforming the brand. Geely also owns Volvo, LEVC (maker of the electric London taxi) and newly launched sub-brand Geometry.
No performance details about the Type 130 have been made available at this stage, although the company announced a “strategic technical partnership’ with Williams Advanced Engineering back in January.
Williams has supplied the battery system to all cars on the Formula E grid since the race series’ inception in 2014, and its link-up with Lotus should ensure that a more expensive, third-party system doesn’t need to be sourced from a rival.
The Type 130 could produce as much as 1,000bhp, with a price tag in excess of £1 million seeming likely.
The electric hypercar has been designed by Lotus’ Russell Carr, with ‘Director of Attributes’ Gavan Kershaw tasked with ensuring the car retains the handling characteristics that Lotus is famous for.