Lotus and Britishvolt to co-develop batteries for EV sports cars

Lotus and Britishvolt to co-develop batteries for EV sports cars

The Norfolk-based manufacturer has previously said the smallest battery paired with the E-Sports platform will be a 66.4kWh unit, while the largest will up capacity to 99.6kWh.

Britishvolt hasn’t given further technical details of the batteries that it will develop with Lotus. 

Lotus hailed the new partnership with Britishvolt – specific details of which, including output targets and cost per unit, haven’t been detailed – as “another significant development in the ongoing transformation of Lotus from a UK sports car company to a global and all-electric performance car business and brand”. 

It noted that the project will “benefit from the close proximity” of its own research-and-development centre and that of Britishvolt in the West Midlands. 

Windle said: “Lotus is delighted to be collaborating with Britishvolt to develop new battery cell technology to showcase the thrilling performance that a Lotus EV sports car can deliver. 

“These are the first exciting steps on the journey towards an all-new electric sports car from Lotus and yet another step towards the transformation towards sustainable, renewable electricity stored in batteries.”

Separately from its efforts to build a range of electric sports cars at its Hethel headquarters, Lotus will also put its name to a four-strong family of lifestyle-oriented EVs to be built at a new facility in Wuhan, China. The first of these, the Type 132 SUV, will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Britishvolt chief commercial officer Oliver Jones suggested the partnership will ultimately have implications for customers in more mainstream segments, saying: “This MoU demonstrates that the legacy one-size-fits-all cell strategy is no longer valid in the rapidly developing electric mobility market. 

“It also reinforces Britishvolt’s differentiation strategy of close customer intimacy and partnering to fully optimise battery solutions and enable the differentiation so important to these iconic brands’ products.