Lotus has announced two new pan-European charging partnerships to support the rapidly growing number of customers taking delivery of its electric vehicles.
The deal allows Eletre users to tap into the Bosch and Mobilize Power Solutions charging networks. The partnerships will also support the upcoming electric hyper-GT, Emeya, which Lotus will be delivering to customers in Europe later this year.
Through the Bosch charging network, Lotus owners have access to more than 600,000 public charging stations across 30 European countries including UK, Germany and France. Lotus will continue to expand its charging network across Europe by adding additional network operators over time.
This comes after Lotus showed its own design of a modular 450kW faster charging station. The 450kW DC charger design includes a power cabinet and a modular unit for charging up to four vehicles at once. Lotus says it is future-proofing its charging solutions in preparation for when next-generation fast-charging infrastructure becomes more widely available.
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“Lack of charging infrastructure continues to remain one of the biggest barriers to electric vehicle adoption. We need make it easier than ever before to own an electric vehicle, in order to accelerate the transition to electrification and collaboration across the industry is key to this,” said Mike Johnstone, Chief Commercial Officer at Lotus Group
“By tapping into Bosch and Mobilize Power Solutions, we’re able to offer our customers further confidence in owning an electric Lotus by providing them with more and effortless options, wherever they are in Europe.”
With a 350kW DC fast-charger, Eletre and Emeya can add 74 miles (120km) of range with approximately five minutes of charge. The same fast-charger can also boost the battery from 10-80% in 20 minutes for the hyper-SUV and 18 minutes for the hyper-GT.
The Lotus Hyper OS infotainment system in the Eletre and Emeya uses intelligent EV routing to help drivers locate nearby public chargers. This feature reduces range anxiety and can significantly cut travel times. The system can even suggest alternative routes based on the driver’s real-time battery consumption.
“Availability of the public charging network is a primary concern for almost half (44%) of potential EV buyers and we are making significant headway to improve access across Europe. We are delighted to be working so closely with Lotus customers to encourage more widespread EV adoption in the UK and EU, ensuring that drivers can readily locate and use our chargers while on the go,” said Olivia Arago, Vice-President, eMobility Services at Bosch Electrified Motion.