Tweet
Lotus and Centrica agree partnership to redesign electric vehicle ownership

Lotus and Centrica agree partnership to redesign electric vehicle ownership

11.05.2020: A new model of integrating connected vehicles, connected homes and connected customers is being developed New, flexible platform designed to power a future digital mobility lifestyle New global sustainability programme targets net-zero carbo




    A new model of integrating connected vehicles, connected homes and connected customers is being developed

    New, flexible platform designed to power a future digital mobility lifestyle

    New global sustainability programme targets net-zero carbon across Lotus operations




Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas, and British motor manufacturer Lotus are working together to develop a new model for electric vehicle ownership that fully integrates future mobility and energy.



By making the car an extension of the home, capable of storing electricity, minimising emissions and generating new income by providing services to the energy market, the companies aim to redefine the customer relationship with cars – one controlled by smart devices at home and on the move.



The energy company will also facilitate a sustainability program that leverages innovative, low carbon technologies, and helps mitigate the environmental impact of everything from manufacturing through to sales and the day-to-day activities of Lotus employees, helping meet Lotus’ carbon reduction aspirations.



The new partnership will help establish a new global charging and energy infrastructure for new products as part of Lotus’ journey to net-zero carbon following huge investment into the business since 2018.



Centrica Group CEO Chris O’Shea said: “We are committed to helping our customers and communities achieve net-zero and to do so, we must enable the change to electric vehicles. We have the technology, the skills and the scale to do this and our partnership with Lotus is another step in bringing our commitment to life.”



Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: “Our journey to net-zero carbon is absolutely lock-in-step with the Vision80 strategy for Lotus – taking us to eighty years of the business in 2028.  By then we will have transformed Lotus into a truly global player in the high-performance high-technology sector with a new range of cars that remain true to our fundamental promise of always being ‘For The Drivers’.  The difference is the energy and infrastructure that will power and support these products in the future – this new partnership demonstrates the progress being made and the ambition of our vision.”



Carl Bayliss, Vice President of Centrica Innovations, said: “Owning an electric vehicle isn’t the same as owning an internal combustion engine car. We see a future where the customer, car and home are connected, enabling new services beyond charging the car, and new products and experiences replacing the unremarkable standard relationship with energy and the ownership of a car today.



“Lotus is the perfect partner as we embark on this, given the recognition and appeal of the brand globally and the fact that it is right at the beginning of its electrification journey.”



Uday Senapati, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy for Lotus, added: “Centrica brings a wealth of energy sector expertise to the table that will not only help us to determine the right course for our mobility strategy, but the hands-on capability to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place globally. The future of mobility is a huge opportunity for providing value-added services to the consumer and this platform will put Lotus at the forefront of that digital mobility ecosystem.



“We have set ambitious targets for decarbonising both our vehicles and our operations. Given the rate of change required and the importance of getting it right first time, the support of our strategic partner Centrica is going to be vital.”



Production of the all-electric Lotus Evija hypercar will start at the company’s famous Hethel, Norfolk HQ later in 2020 – marking the start of Lotus’ journey to electrifying its growing range of vehicles.





Michael Pullan,  photo Lotus

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/lotus-centrica-partnership-redesign-electric-vehicle---206795.html

11.05.2020 / MaP

More News

UX 300e: First all-electric Lexus offers class-leading quality and a 10-year battery warranty
08.05.2020
    First all-electric Lexus draws on 15 years of Lexus leadership in electrification    10-year (or 1 million kilometre) battery warranty to heighten peace of mind amongst UX 300e customers  &nb more >>
BYD sets out European EV expansion strategy
04.05.2020
(Norway identified for introduction of 520km BYD Tang SUV)BYD Europe has today announced its strategy to embark upon the trial introduction of passenger cars in Europe, alongside longer-term plans to bring new BYD LCV and eTruck ranges to the European market. more >>
KONA Electric clears up misconceptions about EVs
02.05.2020
    With its compelling safety and connectivity package, superior driving range and bold design, Kona Electric busts typical myths about EVs    Hyundai’s award-winning EV can drive up to 278 miles on a single charge    High residual values after 3 years, 30,000 miles more >>
Latest NSK bearings suit lean lubrication conditions in EVs
20.04.2020
NSK has developed a new tapered roller bearing for use in electric vehicles (including hybrid, fuel cell and battery electric variants) that offers long life even under severely lean lubrication conditions. The bea more >>
Lotus Evija - first details of the all-electric hypercar buying experience revealed
16.04.2020
    Customers will use a state-of-the-art touch-screen configurator to personalise their Evija    Exclusive gift programme will culminate in unique build book    Stunning new images and more >>
In Hemingway’s footsteps: driving the MINI Electric from South Beach to Key West
10.04.2020
The MINI Electric road trip from Miami to Key West was produced before the outbreak of COVID-19. MINI and all involved parties are aware of their social responsibility and advise against such a trip at this time out of consideration for the health and well-being of all.W more >>
Venson - Motorists reconsider electric vehicle switch in wake of Covid-19
08.04.2020
The positive and immediate global impact of the imposed lockdown on the environment boosts motorist’s willingness to drive an electric vehicle, reports VensonGovernment-enforced lockdowns around the world, due to Covid-19, are without d more >>
Airspeeder: World’s First Flying Electric Car Racing Series Makes Giant Leap Forward
06.04.2020
    Electric flying car racing imminent as Airspeeder completes first round of funding     First manned test-flights to take place in 2020. First GP season details coming soon      New Technical Base established and London commercial office fully operational    Race series will rapidly a more >>
General Motors and Honda to Jointly Develop Next-Generation Honda Electric Vehicles Powered by GM’s Ultium Batteries
02.04.2020
    Builds on GM’s proven advanced technology relationship with Honda    Honda will develop unique interior and exterior designs for Honda customers    EVs will be produced on GM’s flexible global EV platform to increase scale and capacity utilization more >>
Long Tradition of Opel Electric Cars - Pacesetters
01.04.2020
    E-pioneers: the ancestors of Opel Corsa-e and Grandland X plug-in hybrid       Since 1968: more than five decades of research into electric propulsion systems    Way ahe more >>
AIWAYS to start taking online orders for U5 in Europe
01.04.2020
•    Customers can reserve their U5 all-electric SUV from end of April•    Pre-sale markets and deposit amount to be announced next month •    AIWAYS re-starts U5 production in China after COVID-19 delay  more >>
Increasing demand for electric mobility in Germany: Significant growth for e-up! and Passat GTE
30.03.2020
The fully electric e-up!   e-up! Power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 12.9–12.7 (combined), CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0, efficiency class: A+. Affordable access to electric mobility: Every second orde more >>
Electromobility by country - Share in new registrations: BMW EV* vs BMW ICE**
30.03.2020
Infographics on electromobility March 2020      BMW Group market position within competition. Electromobility in Germany, Europe, Globally. Source: IHS Markit New Registrations 3/2019-2/2020 (3/2020 report) more >>
Electromobility by country - Share in the EV Segment - BMW vs market-average
30.03.2020
Infographics on electromobility March 2020      BMW Group market position within competition. Electromobility in Germany, Europe, Globally. Source: IHS Markit New Registrations 3/2019-2/2020 (3/2020 report) more >>
BMW i3: #1 as the only premium offer in the compact-EV market globally
30.03.2020
Infographics on electromobility March 2020      BMW Group market position within competition. Electromobility in Germany, Europe, Globally. Source: IHS Markit New Registrations 3/2019-2/2020 (3/2020 report) more >>
Electromobility Globally - Share in new registrations by brand
30.03.2020
Infographics on electromobility March 2020      BMW Group market position within competition. Electromobility in Germany, Europe, Globally. Source: IHS Markit New Registrations 3/2019-2/2020 (3/2020 report) more >>
Electromobility in Europe - Share in new registrations by brand
30.03.2020
Infographics on electromobility March 2020      BMW Group market position within competition. Electromobility in Germany, Europe, Globally. Source: IHS Markit New Registrations 3/2019-2/2020 (3/2020 report) more >>
Electromobility in Germany, Share in new registrations by brand
30.03.2020
Infographics on electromobility March 2020      BMW Group market position within competition. Electromobility in Germany, Europe, Globally. Source: IHS Markit New Registrations 3/2019-2/2020 (3/2020 ) more >>
SEAT - Detailed look at the electric car from the inside
26.03.2020
      Electric cars are becoming more popular on our streets, but how they work continues to raise questions    Charging systems, safety and power are the biggest doubts users have    The Mii ele more >>
Toyota Mirai tested by European Parliament
10.03.2020
    European Parliament’s fleet supplemented with a Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle from March 2 to March 16    Testing around Brussels area, but also between Brussels and Strasbour more >>
Groupe Renault ramps up its electrification strategy with its revolutionary e-Tech hybrid technology
02.03.2020
Following their world première in January at the 2020 Brussels Motor Show, the 140 hp Clio E-TECH and 160 hp New Captur E-TECH Plug-in are now joined by the 160 hp Mégane E-TECH Plug-in.These three full hybrid (Clio) and plug-in hybr more >>
BMW 3 Series model range expands to include four plug-in hybrid models
19.02.2020
BMW drives electrification initiative forwardExpanded variety in the premium mid-size segment – BMW 330e Sedan successfully launched, BMW 330e Touring available from summer 2020 & more >>
How Norway fuelled the electric vehicle revolution
18.02.2020
Electric vehicles could be integral to the world improving its environmental performance. GlobalData’s power technology writer, JP Casey says: “Thanks to improvements in operational efficiency and reductions in the production of harmful pollutants compared to combustion engine-powered vehicles, hope has grown that replacing existing car models with newer, electric e more >>
Surging interest in electric vehicles sees forecasts increased as autonomous hype subsides, says GlobalData
11.02.2020
The latest set of automotive component and production forecasts reveal a clear increase in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) expected to be built over the next few years, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. This comes in response to the increased news coverage of EVs, the growing variety of models being sold, and tightening emissions regulations incentivizing the pr more >>
BMW Group steps up expansion for production of electric powertrain components at Plant Dingolfing
06.02.2020
The BMW Group is expanding production capacity and increasing its staff at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing faster than originally planned. Due to growing demand for electrified vehicles, the plant expects the number of modules needed for production of high-voltage batteries to double from the previous year. The number of electric motors required will also increase sig more >>
UPS invests in Arrival and orders 10,000 Generation 2 Electric Vehicles
29.01.2020
    UPS orders hundreds of millions of euros worth of bespoke purpose built electric vehicles from Arrival, accelerating UPS’ transition to a zero emissions fleet. Today’s initial order of 10,000 vehicles will be rolled out over 2020-2024 with the option for a further order of 10,000 more >>
Audi e-tron Charging Service: New price model and more favorable conditions at IONITY
27.01.2020
Charging service connected to the grid one year ago: Number of charging points and countries has doubled        Audi customers receive special rates for charging from IONITY at 31 cents per kilowatt hour        Around 135,000 charging points in 24 countries make e-mobility suitable for everyday use more >>
The mountain calls, the MINI Electric is coming
23.01.2020
The mountain calls – and never more so than in winter. In fact, there is an entire choir of mountain peaks which are attractive for winter sports fans particularly in Munich and the surrounding area. A spontaneous awayday for skiing or sledging is a very appealing option for residents living in the Bavarian capital. more >>
Daimler Trucks subsidiary delivers 50 fully-electric school buses for the state of Virginia
22.01.2020
In the U.S. state of Virginia students will soon be going to school in electric buses. Thomas Built Buses, the North American Daimler Trucks subsidiary, was selected to provide the first 50 fully-electric versions of the iconic black and yellow school more >>
Audi invests around EUR 100 million in charging infrastructure at own sites
17.01.2020
   Audi will electrify one in ten parking spaces at German plants by mid-2022        Charging initiative will also be available to the public in large part        Charging infrastructure and management are piloting a new business area  more >>
AIWAYS all-electric U5: technology engineered for safety
17.01.2020
 •    U5 offers outstanding safety features, in a package accessible to all•    U5 made from steel four times stronger than conventional high-strength steel•    The ‘sandwich’ battery pack provides unprecedented levels of thermal safety  more >>
6 reasons for driving an electric car
10.01.2020
SEAT Mii electric in the city •    In addition to sustainability and the environment, saving time and money are the main advantages•    The use of special lanes and reserved parking zones are incentives more >>
Six years of BMW i3
02.01.2020
Electric vehicle pioneers drive over 200,000 km in their BMW i3Designed for local emission-free mobility, the model demonstrates its impressive everyday capability and durability with its original battery – since its market launch, the BMW i3 has more >>
Electromobility market shares 12/2019
27.12.2019
BMW Group market position within competition. Electromobility in Germany, Europe, Globally. more >>
Volkswagen significantly raises electric car production forecast for 2025
27.12.2019
Market launch in 2020: The new Volkswagen ID.3. ID.3: The vehicle is not yet available for sale in Europe. 1.5 million vehicles from the new ID. family in 2025  Strategic target of one million produced electric cars to be more >>
Rivian best placed to compete with Tesla in truck and SUV categories, says GlobalData
24.12.2019
Following the news that American electric truck startup Rivian Automotive (Rivian) has raised US$1.3bn in new funding;    Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the start-up’s journey:“In an extremely capital intensive industry such as automotive manufacturing, companies are req more >>
CAKE now in Petersen Automotive Museum’s permanent collection
23.12.2019
CAKE, the Swedish manufacturer of lightweight electric off-road performance motorcycles, today announced that its flagship product, the Kalk OR, has been included in the Petersen Automotive Museum’s permanent collection.   In April 2019, the Pe more >>
Half a million electrified BMW Group vehicles already on the roads
19.12.2019
- Next milestone: Doubling the number of electrified vehicles by end of 2021 - BMW 330e* handed over at BMW Welt -  BMW iX3*: new balance between range and battery size more >>
The efficient drivetrain for the purely electric BMW iX3
18.12.2019
Alternative Drive Systems, Mobility of the FutureThe BMW iX3, the production of which will commence in 2020, facilitates locally emission-free driving in a novel and efficient form, whilst also being suitable for everyday use. A range of more th more >>

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright