Lotus and Centrica partner to redesign electric vehicle ownership
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 integrates future mobility and energy.
By making the car an extension of the home, capable of storing electricity, minimizing 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.
“Owning an electric vehicle isn’t the same as owning an internal combustion engine car,” said Carl Bayliss, Vice President of Centrica Innovations. “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.”
The energy company says it will also facilitate a sustainability program that leverages 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, to help meet the automaker’s carbon reduction aspirations.
“Our journey to net-zero carbon is absolutely lock-in-step with the Vision80 strategy for Lotus—taking us to 80 years of the business in 2028,” said Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus Cars. “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.”
The new partnership is expected to help establish a new global charging and energy infrastructure for new products.
“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,” said Uday Senapati, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy for Lotus. “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.”
Production of the all-electric Lotus Evija hypercar will start at the company’s Hethel, Norfolk HQ later in 2020.
For more information, visit www.lotuscars.com.