Lotus secures UK support to develop next-gen BEV architecture

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An engineering partnership led by Lotus has won UK Government support and funding to develop an all-new next-generation Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) architecture.

The funding is awarded as part of the APC’s (Advanced Propulsion Centre) Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator (ARMD) competition. Funded by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the competition is delivered on behalf of the APC by Cenex, a UK-based low-carbon and fuel cells centre.

Lotus won the competition with LEVA, which stands for Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture, a structure for next-generation BEVs. Incorporating cutting-edge UK-based engineering and digital manufacturing expertise, LEVA is intended to be a showcase for pioneering new BEV chassis and powertrain concepts.

Lotus will collaborate with supply chain partner Sarginsons Industries and academics from Brunel University London to harness the full ‘light-weighting’ potential of the vehicle architecture.

Matt Windle, executive director of engineering at Lotus commented, “This is great news for our industry and its transition to electrification. As a collaboration between Lotus, Sarginsons Industries and Brunel University London there is a wealth of talent involved, and we are excited to have already begun the project work. Following the launch of the Lotus Evija, our all-electric hypercar, this project is a key building block in our vision to deliver a full range of electrified Lotus performance cars ‘For The Drivers’. Funding of this nature is critical to stimulate the automotive industry and supply chain as both continue to adjust to a rapidly changing landscape.”

More details on Project LEVA will be released by Lotus and its partners in due course.

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