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Lotus details ‘innovative new lightweight EV’ platform that will underpin future sports cars

  • Lotus reveals details of ‘innovative new lightweight EV’ platform
  • Platform developed through research group, Project LEVA (Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture)
  • Announcement represents the ‘blueprint’ for construction of Lotus’s zero-emission sports cars

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Lotus has detailed the ‘innovative new lightweight EV’ platform that will underpin its electric sports cars in the years to come.

The platform has been developed through Project LEVA (Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture), which is a research programme developing lightweight platforms for next-generation EVs.

The announcement represents the ‘blueprint’ for construction of Lotus’s zero-emission sports cars going forward.


The firm says the rear structure is 37 per cent lighter than that found on the recently revealed Emira V6.

The structure is said to be highly adaptable to underpin EVs with a variety of layouts, wheelbase lengths, battery sizes and configurations.

Lotus says its innovation comes from the fact the platform can support both ‘chest’ and ‘slab’ battery configurations.

The chest layout sees batteries stacked behind the front seats in a similar fashion to a mid-mounted combustion engine, making it ideal for sports cars and supercars.

The slab layout sees the batteries laid flat beneath the cabin, which is better for practical-focused vehicles such as SUVs.

As well as underpinning Lotus sports cars, Lotus Engineering will be able to commercialise the platform for third parties to use.

Project LEVA was led by Richard Rackham, who is head of vehicle concepts at Lotus and is best-known for his work on the extruded aluminium architecture of the iconic Lotus Elise 25 years ago.

He said: ‘Project LEVA is as revolutionary now as the Elise architecture was in 1996.

‘In true Lotus spirit, significant weight savings have been achieved throughout, with a focus on ultimate performance, efficiency and safety being engineered into the structure from the outset – for example, by utilising the vehicle structure as the battery enclosure, having an integrated EDU, eliminating bolt-on subframes and optimising the multi-link suspension components.’

Funding for the project came in part from the Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator programme from the government.

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