The conversion of the vehicle fleet to electric traction opens up new opportunities for well-known manufacturers as well as young companies. Among the most recent is tech startup Britishvolt, which promises to develop solid-state batteries by 2027. The Lotus brand will use Britishvolt batteries in its electric vehicles.
companies announced about the collaboration this week, while Lotus reminded that it will present its first Type 132 electric crossover in the coming months. Three more new electric vehicles will join it by 2026: the Type 133 four-door coupe will appear in 2023, the Type 134 compact crossover in 2025, and the Type 135 sports car in 2026. It is expected that all of these models will use a unified platform developed by Lotus supported by the Chinese parent company Geely. From 2028, Lotus will only sell electric vehicles.
A collaboration with Britishvolt will create batteries for Lotus sports cars, which may indicate its willingness to wait for the introduction of solid-state batteries, which the startup previously promised to put on the assembly line by 2027. The companies’ joint statement mentions battery cells made with new technology, so they’re likely solid-state versions.
Britishvolt will start ramping up battery manufacturing in the UK from next year and will be able to produce 45 GWh of batteries annually by 2027. That is enough to equip 450,000 electric vehicles with batteries every year. In addition to Lotus, Britishvolt’s customers include other companies whose names the startup plans to name in the coming weeks. The batteries supplied by the company are expected to be used in both mass passenger cars and commercial electric vehicles.