Lotus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Britishvolt to collaborate on the research and development of new electric vehicle technologies.
Britishvolt is quickly establishing itself as the UK’s leading company in electric vehicle batteries and is working on a $5.1 billion Gigafactory in the country. Its partnership with Lotus will see it co-develop an innovative new battery cell package that will power the next generation of sports cars from the British automaker.
One of these new Lotus models has been teased with a sketch. This image provides us with a glimpse of the car’s side profile and among the key features visible include the pointed noise, bold wheel arches, sharp roofline, and rear spoiler. Further specifics about this model aren’t known.
Lotus and Britishvolt’s partnership will be helped by the fact that their research and development centers are close to each other in the West Midlands, also known as the UK’s ‘golden triangle’ of battery excellence.
“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,” Lotus managing director Matt Windle said. “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. Last year we committed Lotus to a pure electric future, and in the first month of this year we announce another significant step on that journey. In the coming months, we will be unveiling the Type 132, an all-new and all-electric Lotus SUV and we’ve confirmed three more EVs are on the way.”
Britishvolt’s Gigafactory will be located on the site of the former Blyth Power Station coal stocking yard in Northumberland and will lead to 3,000 direct highly-skilled jobs and another 5,000 jobs in associated supply chains.