Future electric Lotus Elise and Alpine A110, same fight

Elise, Exige and Evora bowed out at Lotus. The English manufacturer, owned by the Chinese group Geely, is now looking to the future with a last thermal car playing the role of link between past and future. The Emira indeed holds a particular role for a Lotus which puts the package on the electric, delegating the thermal part to external actors (Mercedes and Toyota for the engines). However, there is still a long way to go before the arrival of descendants of the Elise/Exige tandem: marketing should not take place before 2025 or 2026 in Europe. This does not prevent Lotus today from revealing some interesting details, which also concern the future Alpine A110.

English drums, neo-retro design?

The first mass-produced electric Lotus after the very exclusive Evija will be the SUV, expected next year on the Old Continent. But for a sequel to the Elise, we will have to wait 3 more years. The car is currently in development on the E-Sports platform, shared with Alpine. His particuliarity ? The possibility of housing the batteries “vertically” behind the driver and his passenger, to reproduce the distribution of the masses of the Elise and Exige.

And precisely, today we know a little more on these batteries, which will be supplied by the English specialist Britishvolt. The latter recently received substantial financial support from the British government for the construction of the first large battery factory, near Blyth, in the north of the country. From 2027, it will produce around 300,000 packs a year, some of which should go under the shell of the electric Lotus and Alpine (unless the Frenchman uses a different supplier).

Lotus did not wait to reveal a first clue about this new generation, which will have to solve the insolvent: reconciling electric mobility and extreme weight reduction in order to maintain the original character of the Elise. The image (or rather the sketch) published by Lotus illustrates the profile of the car, which is reminiscent of the Esprit, and in particular the S1, whose design we owe to the Italian coachbuilder Italdesign. A beautiful reference to the past, therefore, demonstrating that when automotive brands can always find inexhaustible sources of inspiration in their history books.

For Alpine, however, one big question remains: where will the future A110 be produced? If the R5 Alpine should be assembled alongside the classic version, and the SUV in Dieppe, it is not impossible that the berlinetta will be manufactured on the other side of the Channel with the future Elise.



Reference-www.automobile-magazine.fr

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