The first Lotus Eletre rolls off the production line

For the first time in its history, the infamous British brand Lotus officially produced an EV and SUV.

As per reports, the company’s first Lotus Eletre rolled off the production line a few weeks ago from its new $1.2 billion facility in Wuhan, China.

Lotus is continuing to operate their United Kingdom production facilities, but does not plan to produce the Eletre in the UK.

Lotus expects the Eletre to go into full production in 2023.



The Eletre looks to be a solid EV SUV and should be competitive in the European space.

The SUV has the following specs:

  • Dual-motor set-up
  • 591 horsepower
  • 100 kWh battery pack
  • Range of around 370 miles or 600 kilometres on a single charge

The company is also producing a more powerful variant, including one with over 900 horsepower and a battery capacity as high as 120 kWh.

However, those other variants are not confirmed by Lotus as of yet.

After the launch of the Eletre, the company plans to launch two more crossover-type vehicles and then an all-electric sports car.

The sports car is known as the Type 135 EV and is a similar size to the Lotus Emira.

The goal for the company is to sell 100,000 globally by 2027.

However, this seems like a tall order as Lotus only sold 2,000 vehicles in 2021.

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