Discover the New All-Electric Hyper-SUV - The Lotus Eletre
Lotus Eletre EV Leaked Ahead of its Debut
The all-new and all-electric Hyper-SUV from Lotus, the Lotus Eletre, has been revealed ahead of its big debut today. With bold, progressive and exotic design lines, it appears to have cleaner lines than the Lamborghini Urus, which many people are getting vibes from when looking at the Eletre.
However, with Lotus having zero brand credibility today, there is a fear that the price will be in line with Lamborgini dollars and not save the company. It has been said before but what is needed are $40K electric vehicles for normal people, not $100K designer vehicles. Companies such as BYD in China will make comparable models in the next year or two for around $60-70K and deliver them to real customers.
Another issue with the Eletre is that it doesn't look like the doors articulate, making it hard to open them in a normal parking space. To find out more about this new vehicle, here's a link to the livestream where it was revealed. The press release sent out shortly after states that the design language for this hyper-SUV was inspired by world’s first British EV hypercar, the award-winning Lotus Evija. This is one of three new Lotus lifestyle EVs expected in the next four years.
Lotus is owned by Geely who also owns Volvo/Polestar and several other automotive brands (both ICE & EV). They have plenty experience making EVs and are partnering with Renault/Nissan's Alpine division to develop EV performance vehicles. Hopefully this brings some much needed reliability to the Lotus brand. Although it does not have much spirit from the past, this may be the best approach for their current situation.
It remains to be seen if this car will make an impact on the market due to its mid range pricing compared to premium prices of similar vehicles. If they can successfully launch this model then they might just make a splash.
What is the Lotus Eletre electric SUV?
The Lotus Eletre is an all-new and all-electric Hyper-SUV from Lotus. It has bold, progressive and exotic design with iconic sports car DNA evolved for the next generation of Lotus customers. It combines the soul of a Lotus with the usability of an SUV.
Does it have Lamborghini Urus vibes?
Yes, many people have commented that the Eletre has similar vibes to the Lamborghini Urus, but with cleaner lines.
Is it expensive?
The price of the Eletre has not yet been revealed, but it is expected to be in line with other luxury vehicles. However, there are companies such as BYD in China that will make comparable models for $60-70K in the next year or two.
Are there any special features?
The Eletre features unique 'porosity', which means air flows through the vehicle for improved aerodynamics, speed, range and more. Additionally, it was designed with ‘Born British, Raised Globally’ in mind, with UK-led design and engineering support from Lotus teams around the world.
Who is making the Eletre?
The Eletre is being made by Geely, who purchased Lotus in 2017. Geely also owns Volvo/Polestar and several other automotive brands (both ICE & EV). They are partnering with Renault/Nissan's Alpine division to develop EV performance vehicles.
Will it have Lotus reliability?
It is hoped that the Eletre will come with the trademark Lotus reliability. Geely has plenty experience making EVs and they are taking steps to ensure quality control. Additionally, the Eletre will come with a 5-year/100,000 mile warranty.
What kind of powertrain does it have?
The Eletre is powered by two electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear. It has an all-wheel drive system and can reach 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds. It also has a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge.
What type of charging options are available?
The Eletre comes with both Level 1 (120V) and Level 2 (240V) charging options. It also supports DC fast charging, which can get you up to 80% charge in just 30 minutes.
When will it be released?
The Lotus Eletre is expected to be released sometime in 2021. However, there have been some leaked images that suggest it may be released sooner than expected.