2027 Lotus Type 135

Lotus has revealed its ‘BEV sports car’ (denoting battery electric vehicle) will be shown in 2025, before customer deliveries start in 2027. It will replace the Emira, the final all-combustion Lotus sports car, according to senior executives and relaunch Lotus into its heartland sports car territory with annual sales of between 10,000-15,000 worldwide forecast (around double volumes of the Emira).

Lotus presentations reveal the $95,000 target price for the US market, equivalent to £75,000 at current exchange rates. It brings confirmation that hopes for an Elise-alike more affordable price positioning are dashed by the sheer cost of developing a new electric sports car platform.