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Old 03-09-2022, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Lotus Type 132 EV previewed

Fresh patents give first look at Lotus’ Chinese-built SUV ahead of official unveiling later this month

New design patents have given us our first look at the incoming 2022 Lotus Type 132, just weeks before the all-electric SUV's official unveiling.

The blueprints, published by IP Australia, were submitted by Wuhan Lotus Cars Co Ltd and reveal that the Lotus Type 132 will be similar in size to the current Porsche Cayenne but feature a far more dramatic design that's shared with both the Evija hypercar and latest Emira.

The headline news is the amount of aero trickery involved in the Lotus SUV's design to maximise its range. These include bonnet dimples and active aero flaps within the front bumper.

The entire underbody has also been shielded for optimum aero.

The patent also ends the mystery of where exactly Lotus will position its LiDAR sensor, with the Type 132 mounting the sensors in the optimum space above the windscreen.

The door mirrors have also been dumped for a pair of rear-view cameras that, along with pop-out door handles, have been designed to cut drag.
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The charging point, meanwhile, is located on the left front fender.
Already previewed, along with the LiDAR, is the lightweight carbon-fibre-reinforced aero wheels and the full-width LED rear light bar.

Above the light strip there's curiously another high-mounted housing for sensors that's surrounded by an intricate two-piece roof spoiler.

There's also an active rear spoiler, although it's not deployed in the images.

We already know the Chinese-built SUV will be based on Lotus' fresh Premium Architecture that has been designed and developed specifically for electric vehicles.

It will be powered by large batteries ranging from 90kWh to 120kWh. Versions with the biggest batteries should have a range of up to 650km.

Performance claims are still to be released, but the company has said its Premium Architecture can be driven with multiple electric motors that will see the fastest versions capable of an incredible 0-100km/h time of less than 3.0 seconds.

And the British sports car-maker's SUV will not only be quick in a straight line. Thanks to an 800V architecture, it will be among the fastest to charge in its class – at a rate of up to 350kW.

That could see an 80 per cent top-up taking a little over 20 minutes.
The Type 132 is one of four EVs that Lotus will launch over the next five years, with a larger SUV and then a four-door Porsche Taycan rival coming next.

While production of its incoming sports car will remain at its Hethel HQ in England, the Type 132 SUV will be built in China at a new $A1.6 billion factory in Wuhan, China.

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Old 03-09-2022, 05:30 PM   #2
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So now Geely is ripping off Faraday Future. The Chinese continue to have zero new ideas.
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Old 03-29-2022, 05:17 PM   #3
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Default New Lotus Eletre Electric SUV

Lotus Eletre opens a new front in electric SUVs
Lots of lidar, heaps of tech, and a gorgeous cabin. Not sure about the looks, tho

Ladies and gentlemen, the new era of Lotus as an EV maker begins with this, the Eletre. It takes elements we've seen on the Evija battery-electric hypercar and Emira ICE sports car, wraps them in a larger package, jacks them up, and throws in a lot of new tech for the brand and the market.

Let's start with size, which is the easy bit. The Eletre is 201 inches long on a 118.9-inch wheelbase, about 79 inches wide, and 64 inches high. Every one of those dimensions puts the Lotus within a couple of inches of the Aston Martin DBX: the EV being a little longer, with a slightly shorter wheelbase, a little wider, and a roof a couple of inches lower.....

The wheels are an optional set of 23-inchers that hide optional 10-piston (ten!) calipers gripping ceramic composite rotors. Lotus isn't ready to divulge specific battery capacity and motor outputs between those wheels. All we're told is the pack is more than 100 kWh and output starts at 600 horsepower. Every Eletre is all-wheel-drive, with a motor on each axle.

The 800-volt electrical architecture can handle up to 350-kW fast-charging, 20 minutes at a station at that charge rate restoring 248 WLTP miles of the Eletre's estimated 373-mile range in WLTP testing. EPA numbers will come eventually. Lotus says the hauler will get to 62 miles per hour in under 3 seconds and hit a top speed of 161 mph.

The electronic side mirror housings each contain three cameras, one camera for the rear views, one to help stitch a 360-degree overhead view, and one to help enable self-driving. The charge port is on the front left fender, but keen eyes might notice more shutlines atop the front wheel arches. Those are for retracting lidar sensors that work with two more lidar sensors in the roof, one at the front, another at the back. These could give the Eletre the kind of autonomous capability not seen on a production car yet.

The interior comes in four- or five-seat configurations. A slim gauge cluster and a head-up display provides the driver with relevant info, front passengers get a similar slim display that can display infotainment options. Between them, a 15.1-inch infotainment touchscreen that lays flat when not in use. Connecting them, a full-width light bar "changes color to communicate with occupants." Cabin materials include a wool blend for the seats, microfiber for soft-touch points, and recycled carbon fiber. And on top of this being Lotus' first SUV, here's a sentence Lotus has never had to write before: "There is a wealth of practical storage space in the Eletre’s cabin," from storage trays and cupholders to liter-bottle-holders in the doors.

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Old 03-29-2022, 05:37 PM   #4
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It doesn't look like a Lotus that we're used to, but I think it looks pretty well packaged.
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Old 03-29-2022, 07:57 PM   #5
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I want it. Will cost texa$
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Old 03-29-2022, 11:38 PM   #6
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That's ugly IMO. Would much rather have an Aston DBX 707.
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Old 10-25-2022, 03:24 PM   #7
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The Lotus Eletre R Hits 60 MPH In Under 3 Seconds, Costs $135,000
Lotus reveals power output and pricing on its all-electric SUV, but we still don't know how much it weighs
When Lotus pulled the covers off its first-ever SUV (those words still don’t sound right together, do they?) in March, one of the details the company chose not to share was the price. The Eletre, in keeping with the brand’s “E”-themed naming convention, will have three configurations: Eletre, Eletre S and the range-topping Eletre R. It’ll start at £89,500, or roughly $101,000, the British automaker announced Tuesday.

The base Eletre gets 603 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque from a dual-motor setup that delivers a claimed 373 miles of range on a full charge. Lotus isn’t saying what testing method it used to come to that range estimate, but given that all the news today is centered on the European market, I’m going to bet EPA-certified numbers will prove a little less generous when they’re published later.

The Eletre S incorporates that same powertrain, but throws in more luxuries, like configurable ambient lighting and illuminated side sills; privacy glass; soft-closing doors; an air purification system; and a 2,160-watt, 23-speaker KEF Reference audio setup. It also adds auto-dimming side mirrors — a feature the $36,000 Mazda3 Turbo I tested earlier this year also had. The Eletre S, though, costs $117,850.

For the most performance, step up to the Eletre R. Here, power leaps to 905 hp and 726 lb-ft of torque. With that kind of motivation, the Eletre R hits 60 mph from a standstill in 2.95 seconds, Lotus claims. That doesn’t make it the world’s quickest SUV in a sprint — the $130,000 Model X Plaid can still beat it by about half a second. But it is quick enough to make the Eletre the world’s fastest dual-motor EV according to Lotus, if you want to get semantic about it. (Tesla’s Plaid models all use three motors.)

The Eletre R will cost $135,330. Just so you don’t think Lotus turned up the motors and called it a day, the R has other exclusive go-fast features that help it turn as well as take off:

The experiences from the Nürburgring have been implemented into the Eletre with Track Mode, which is exclusive to the Eletre R and part of its standard specification. Compared with other versions, it provides a lowered ride height, and more performance-oriented settings for the dampers and anti-roll control. It delivers a higher level of dynamic performance at longitudinal and lateral limits for the most ambitious drivers. Track mode also includes a fully open active grille and a launch control with instant access to the car’s full power......

By the way, those “experiences from the Nürburgring” refer to a project to allow the Eletre to drive the Green Hell autonomously, so owners may “experience the thrilling driving performance and dynamic capability of a Lotus from the driving seat.” So if you’re skeptical of the current state of “self driving” and its ability to get you to work without incident, get ready to be hurled around the world’s longest and most intimidating circuit in a two-ton EV. If you don’t scream once, I will personally deliver a pizza to your door, wherever you live.

That is the Eletre, and with its price now public knowledge, there is one final question Lotus still hasn’t answered: weight. Rumors peg it at about 4,400 pounds. That would actually be somewhat sprightly compared to many electric SUVs, including the 5,390-pound Model X Plaid. Those who want a truly featherweight “SUV” will probably have to entertain a different British brand.
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Old 10-25-2022, 06:10 PM   #8
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$135k. Wow almost as much as a Ford Maverick hybrid after dealer markups...
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Old 10-25-2022, 10:32 PM   #9
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$135k. Wow almost as much as a Ford Maverick hybrid after dealer markups...
Imma say "Hold" until you find something that is at most, at MSRP, hopefully lower; however, as someone who hasn't paid MSRP until 2022, although I may not understand your particular brand of pain/strife, I at least can commiserate. I am a cheap SOB that is particularly picky, a bad combination, at least as my interests are concerned.
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