Lotus's All-Electric Hypercar Debuts July 16th

The Type 130, Lotus's first fully new car since 2008, promises signature performance in an EV package.

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This post, originally published April 16th, 2019, has been updated with the car's launch date and another teaser video.

Lotus confirmed in April at the Shanghai Auto Show that it will soon release an all new, all-electric hypercar, currently dubbed the Type 130. We've yet to see the whole thing, but the company has released two short teaser videos of the car so far. It's set to be unveiled on July 16th, 2019 in London.

The Type 130 will be Lotus's first truly new vehicle since 2008, and its first all-electric production car. This isn't some rebodied Evora with an electric drivetrain—it's an entirely new car. The teaser images shown were "illustrated through computational fluid dynamic modeling, demonstrating its unique lines and airflow."

The company dropped a teaser video in May showing the car's charging port section, which is hidden by a body panel when not in use. The video also shows off the car's light-up Lotus badge.

"Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history," said Lotus CEO Phil Popham in a statement. "It marks a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus."

In January, Lotus announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, the sub-division of the Williams F1 team responsible for developing cars such as the Aston Martin RapidE and Singer DLS. So it's safe to assume the firm is involved in the development of the Type 130 as well.

Will a Lotus without an internal combustion engine still be fun to drive? Well, we'll just have to wait to get behind the wheel to find out. Judging by how this project is going, though, we're not too worried.

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