The new plant in Wuhan will launch the Alpine-Lotus four-door coupe, family crossover and sports car after the Type 132 SUV.
At Lotus Technology’s new headquarters in Wuhan, China, the manufacturer will begin building a family of all-new vehicles in 2022, starting with the Type 132 SUV. Note that the new Lotus division focuses exclusively on electric vehicles.
The company has confirmed that in the next five years following the release of the 2022 SUV, there will be three new electric models: the Type 133 four-door coupe in 2023, the D-segment SUV codenamed Type 134 in 2024, and the highly anticipated Type 135 sports car, which will be developed in collaboration with Alpine in 2026.
The plant will open later this year, with the Lotus Technology headquarters due for completion in 2024. Covering an area of over one million square meters, its final capacity will be 150,000 vehicles per year. Both the new Emira sports car and the all-electric flagship Evija will be built in Hetel, Norfolk.
All new Lotus EVs unveiled today will be based on the Premium architecture, one of four EV platforms described earlier this year. Designed for premium vehicles, it currently supports vehicles with wheelbases from 2889mm to 3100mm (Lotus envisions it will cover vehicles from the C + to E segments) but may be expanded in the future.
It can also accommodate 92 to 120 kWh batteries and is equipped with 800V charging capability, which means Lotus electric vehicles will be capable of using the fastest chargers on the market. The exact details of the performance of all models remain a secret, but the company claims that each of them will be capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in less than three seconds.