by Scooter Doll
UK-based sports car manufacturer, Lotus Cars, has officially unveiled details of its long-teased “Type 132” electric SUV.
Lotus announced the EV will be dubbed the Eletre (pronounced “El-etra”) – calling it the “world’s first hyper-SUV.” We now have a slew of new specs and features to ponder.
Early last year, Geely announced a development plan with Alpine as part of a joint venture with Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance to develop electric vehicles and the platforms they will sit upon. This strategy built upon Lotus’ previous developments on its first all-electric hypercar – the 2,000 HP Evija.
Since then, Lotus has teased tiny breadcrumbs of what drivers can expect to see on the Type 132 EV, but not anything juicy enough to share with you readers up to this point. Now however, we have our first look at the upcoming Lotus Eletre hyper-SUV, as well as some of its target specs.
According to Lotus’ press release following the reveal event, the Eletre will be four-wheel drive and is built on a new 800V dedicated electric architecture that includes a battery pack over 100 kWh. The result is 600 HP, a top speed of 260 km/h (161 mph) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under three seconds.
The Eletre’s “target maximum” WLTP range is currently 600 km (373 miles), although you can expect an EPA range to be lower than that. In terms of charging capabilities, the new Lotus electric SUV can garner 400 km (248 miles) in 20 minutes from a 350 kW charger and can accept 22kW AC charging as standard where available.
The front end of the Eletre will feature a deployable LiDAR sensor above the windshield as well as on either side of the EV.