LONDON, 30 November 2023: In a significant move towards its Vision80 strategy of becoming an all-electric global luxury technology brand by 2028, Lotus has unveiled its innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions. This development aligns with Lotus’ commitment to easing the transition to electrification, addressing the crucial issue of charging anxiety hindering EV adoption.
Addressing Charging Anxiety: A Revolutionary Approach
Charging anxiety, cited by 80% of the public as a primary concern in an Energy Policy Institute survey, is a barrier to EV adoption. To counter this, Lotus has introduced a suite of next generation charging solutions designed to instill confidence and reliability among consumers. The range is currently available in China, with plans for a Q2 2024 rollout across the majority of European countries and the Middle East.
Lotus EV Charging Solutions for Businesses
- Liquid-Cooled All-in-One DC Charger: Offering ultra-fast charging at 450 kW, this charger is a game-changer for EV owners. For instance, using the Lotus Eletre R, a mere 5-minute charge can add up to 88.5 miles (142 km) of range. Achieving a 10% to 80% charge takes just 20 minutes, providing unparalleled convenience.
- Liquid-Cooled Power Cabinet: A modular cabinet tailored for spaces requiring high energy, like motorway rest stops. Boasting a market-leading power output of up to 480 kW, it optimizes efficiency and minimizes charging time.
- Liquid-Cooled Charging Unit: This charging terminal, when paired with the Power Cabinet, can charge up to four vehicles simultaneously. With a maximum current output of 600 Amp, it caters to various needs, from quick top-ups to fast-charging for long-distance drives.
Global Rollout and Futureproofing
Lotus’ fast-charging solutions have already been deployed in China, with plans for expansion into Europe and the Middle East in Q2 2024. Notably, Lotus is future-proofing its charging offering, anticipating advancements in charging infrastructure. Customers will have the flexibility to upgrade to a 450 kW solution without additional hardware costs when in-market service providers implement grid upgrades.
Leadership Voices on the Initiative
Mike Johnstone, Chief Commercial Officer at Lotus Group, emphasizes the brand’s commitment to making EV ownership easier. Alan Wang, Vice-President of Lotus Technology and CEO at Lotus Flash Charge, highlights the increasing demand for reliable EV charging infrastructure amid global electrification efforts.
Lotus’ Electric Vehicle Portfolio and Market Demand
Building on the success of the electric hyper-SUV Eletre, Lotus recently launched Emeya, its next-generation electric hyper-GT. Both vehicles integrate advanced technologies, including HD cameras, radar, and high-precision mapping, ensuring a smooth drive even in extreme conditions. Lotus, witnessing unprecedented demand with an order book of over 19,000 vehicles, is poised for remarkable growth.
Lotus is not just embracing electric vehicles; it’s revolutionizing the charging landscape. The introduction of cutting-edge charging solutions reaffirms Lotus’ commitment to a sustainable, electrified future. As the brand expands its range of premium electric vehicles, consumers can expect an unparalleled blend of performance, innovation, and convenience.