It was an open secret that the rebirth of Lotus as an all-electric brand would lead to new electric models beyond the expected Lotus Type 135. In a recent interview by Coach to Lotus CEO Matt Windle, he spoke about what the brand may hold beyond 2027 (year of launch of the electric sports car), as well as what this same model called to spiritually succeed the well-known Lotus Elise, but also the already presented Lotus Emira, will bring with it.
Lotus is giving a major overturn to everything known so far in the British company. Its positioning is today as a totally electric brand, since all the models it has launched since the Lotus Evija carry this mechanical technology. However, this renaissance has also come in the most logical way, since have chosen to launch more practical models with higher levels of productionto the detriment of its previous range only dominated by sports models.
However, in 2026 the first electric sports car of “the new era” will be unveiled, the so-called Type 135 and of which Matt Windle himself has spoken in his interview. According to the manager, this model “will be located in its own segment” since it will not seek to replace any current model, such as the Emira, although they will share certain attributes, something that may determine the end of production of the Lotus Emira in favor of the Type 135, so the date could be known in the coming months. concrete conclusion for the company’s latest thermal sports car.
According to Matt Windle, the Type 135 will have “a very exciting design” and about its performance, the manager has also expressed that this will be incredible, since they have already established the attributes and the bases with which they hope to provide the electric sports car for its final specifications.
Lotus are currently in talks with Alpine about developing the CAM platform, which will use the Type 135 and possibly also the electric successor to the Alpine A110. “If we go ahead together, which is not confirmed yet, they will be different cars because we don’t want to compete with each other in the same market,” Windle said. “At the moment the project is progressing at the rate we would expect.”
The start of production of the Lotus Type 135 is expected to start sometime in 2027, while the presentation of the model will take place in 2026. However, before its production starts, Lotus still has a lot of work to do. do, since the increase in volume that the company will have to carry out will be more than significant. In 2027, Lotus expects to have reached a global production of 100,000 units per year, which will include all the products presented until then (Lotus Eletre, Lotus Type 133, Type 134, Type 135 and Evija). The Type 135 electric sports car is expected to be assembled in the same area where the Evija supercar will be produced.
Finally, the Lotus manager also spoke about what will happen beyond the launch and marketing of the Lotus Type 135, since the roadmap presented by the brand a little over a year ago ends there. Windle confirmed that It is not yet certain what strategy they will follow in the next 10 years, but it is certain that electric sports cars will continue to arrive in the ranks of the brand, beyond launching in parallel a range of more practical models focused on providing the firm with greater sales potential. This aforementioned 10-year roadmap development will begin once the Lotus Emira and Lotus Evija enter full-scale productionwhich should happen throughout this same 2022 or early 2023.