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Lotus Emeya is now the fastest charging car in the world

Lotus' first electric ‘hyper-GT’ car sets a new record by charging from 10 to 80 per cent in just 14 minutes.

Lotus Emeya Charging

The Lotus Emeya electric four-door GT has beaten the record for the fastest charging electric car in the world by completing a charge from 10 to 80 per cent in only 14 minutes. That knocks the previous holder - the Porsche Taycan - off its throne. 

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This record was confirmed by P3, a consulting firm that tested the Emeya alongside other models such as the Mercedes EQS, BMW i7 and Tesla Model Y for the 2023 P3 Charging Index for Asia. This report verified that the Lotus can achieve a 10 to 80 per cent charge in just 14 minutes using its peak 402kW charge power. During the test the Emeya averaged a charging speed 331kW this average was faster than the peak charging speed of all the other vehicles in the test. 

At the Lotus Emeya’s maximum speed and starting with an empty battery, it is capable of gaining 193 miles of range in just 10 minutes. That's almost enough to drive from London to Manchester.

The Emeya’s high speed charging is achieved thanks advanced battery tech. The battery uses a cell-to-pack structure, which means that 20 per cent more cells can be added into the battery pack compared to a regular battery structure. Lotus has also installed a new cooling system in the Emeya, which is designed to keep the battery cool and more efficient during those high speed charges. 

It is worth mentioning that the UK currently doesn’t have public chargers capable of supporting a 402kW charge, the fastest currently available is 350kW. Lotus, however, has started partnerships with Bosch and Mobilize to solve this issue. It has developed a newly designed liquid cooled ultra-rapid DC fast charger capable of delivering up to 450kW.

Lotus has also made a step to make EV ownership easier for customers. The brand’s EV owners now have access to over 700,000 chargers all round Europe using a charge card and an app, which also allows them to monitor battery health.

First UK deliveries of the Lotus Emeya are expected from autumn 2024 with more details due to be announced soon. 

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Hello, I'm George Armitage. I joined the DrivingElectric team in 2024 as a content editor and I also contribute to Auto Express. Formerly, I restored classic cars and worked in car sales. Starting with freelance writing, I progressed into automotive journalism, fuelling my passion for storytelling and connecting with audiences to explain the amazing world of EVs.

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