The All-Electric Lotus Eletre Hyper-SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Lotus Eletre SUV
Price: £89,500
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 112 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 304 - 373 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Lotus Cars Limited, is a UK based automotive manufacturer, famed for its iconic sports cars and participation in Formula One. The automotive manufacturer has witnessed a number of changes to its ownership since the founding of Lotus Engineering Limited in 1952, by Colin Chapman and Colin Dare. The company is currently owned by the Chinese automotive manufacturer, Geely, headquartered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Geely also owns the automotive brands Volvo Cars and Polestar. Previously, Lotus was owned by General Motors.

Lotus is not new to electric cars. The company has already introduced the Lotus Evija, the all-electric hypercar. The Lotus Eletre Hyper-SUV is the second battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from the manufacturer and its most advanced Lotus vehicle to date. The company has the following electric vehicles (EVs):



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The All-Electric Lotus Eletre SUV


The pure electric Lotus Eletre hyper-SUV is a defining point in the history of the automotive manufacturer. It is, its first ever SUV, its first vehicle with four-doors, its first mass-market electric car, its first all-electric SUV and the Eletre R variant is the world’s fastest dual-motor electric SUV.

The Lotus EV was revealed in March 2022. The name is derived from the Hungarian word ‘eletre’, which means ‘coming to life’. The electric car is designed in the UK but will be manufactured in China. The electric SUV is part of the Vision80 strategy of the automotive manufacturer, to broaden the appeal and accessibility of Lotus performance cars, to a wider lifestyle customer base.

According to the Managing Director of Lotus Cars, “The launch of the Eletre is the natural next step for Lotus. Two-seater sports cars are not for everyone, and we want to offer a Lotus for every stage of your life. The Eletre is the start of that.”

The Eletre is now available to order in the UK with deliveries expected to commence in first-half 2023. The company claims that, ‘thousands of customers around the world have placed deposits to secure their Eletre’. The EV can be reserved with a £2,000 deposit. The all-electric Eletre competes in an already fierce segment of pure electric premium SUVs. However, the Lotus Eletre has carved a niche position for those seeking hyper performance pure electric SUVs.

The Lotus Eletre is available in one EV battery size: 112 kWh and in three variants: for the entry-level Eletre and the Eletre S, the manufacturer claims a zero-emission electric range up to 373 miles (WLTP) and for the top of the range, Eletre R, the claimed e-range is 304 miles (WLTP).

Even adjusting for real-world driving i.e. weather, temperature, road conditions, driving profile, load, speed, tyre size etc, the Lotus Eletre offers an impressive pure electric range for short and long distance driving. For the Eletre and the Eletre S, expect a real-world range closer to 300 miles and for the higher performance Eletre R, a 250 miles EV range is more realistic.

For longer motorway driving trips, the Lotus Eletre electric SUV offers DC charging capability up to 350 kW DC. The EV can be charged 10%-80% in 20 minutes i.e. it can add 250 zero-emission miles in 20 minutes. The Eletre EV also offers a 3-phase 22 kW AC onboard charger as standard, which is certainly good.

However, given that the majority of homes in the UK have single-phase power supply, taking advantage of the 22 kW onboard charger will be only for those with access to three-phase EV charging at home, work or at a public destination. Single-phase EV charging will take longer. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper.

The Eletre electric SUV is available as an all-wheel drive (AWD), as standard. The Eletre and the Eletre S variants can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds (max power: 603 hp/ 710 Nm torque). The top speed is 160 mph. The Eletre R, can achieve 0-62 mph in a whopping 2.95 seconds (max power: 905 hp/ 985 Nm torque). The top speed is 165 mph. The exterior sporty styling of the e-SUV certainly echoes the performance capability of the EV!

The EV has a host of technology and features on offer, some include: heads-up-display, 15.1” HD OLED centre screen, adaptive cruise control, driver monitoring system, rear collision warning, traffic sign recognition, front and rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, blind spot detection, park assist front and rear, visual park assist and more.

The EV is also equipped for full autonomous driving, and includes, a LIDAR system that scans 200 m in every direction. In terms of practicality, the high performance electric SUV has much to offer. It includes a frunk (46 L) and a boot space up to 688 L. The frunk, or front storage compartment is perfect for storing the EV cable.

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PROS CONS
Good electric range Expensive
High performance pure electric SUV Available in only one EV battery option
350 kW DC charging and 22 kW onboard charger as standard Only available in two exterior colours

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The All-Electric Lotus Eletre SUV (credit: Lotus)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Lotus Eletre (from £89,500)
Lotus Eletre S (from £104,500)
Lotus Eletre R (from £120,000)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 112 kWh
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 20 mins). Onboard charger: 22kW AC (0%-100%: N/A hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:N/A

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1630
Width (mm):2231
Length (mm):5103
Wheelbase (mm):3019
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):611 – 688

Lotus Eletre
EV Battery Capacity:112 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):373 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/ 100km):21.5
Charging: 350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 20 mins). Onboard charger: 22kW AC (0%-100%: N/A hrs)
Top Speed:160 mph
0-62 mph:4.5 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):450
Horsepower (hp):603
Torque (Nm): 710
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):N/A
Colours:2
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Lotus Eletre R
EV Battery Capacity:112 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):304 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/ 100km):21.5
Charging: 350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 20 mins). Onboard charger: 22kW AC (0%-100%: N/A hrs)
Top Speed:165 mph
0-62 mph:2.95 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):675
Horsepower (hp):905
Torque (Nm): 985
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):N/A
Colours:2
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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