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Lotus plans to challenge Tesla and Ionity with its ultra-fast terminals

Lotus has just unveiled a new range of charging stations, with an ultra-fast terminal allowing you to reach 500 kW of power.

How far away the days of the small, light and sporty Lotuses, filing asphalt and exhilarating to drive, seem to be. We deliberately darken the picture, but Lotus continues to offer models of this type, more often via its used network than within its catalog of new vehicles, even if the new Emirate makes us lie.

Still, the future of Lotus is now electric, with a large SUV and a large sedan as the standard bearer of a new range. Other models will then follow, always with a sporty spirit, but never again thermal.

From small thermal sports cars to charging stations

To power its new electric cars, Lotus could rely on the European network which is becoming more dense with each passing day, but the manufacturer, which is clearly targeting the premium and luxury segments, intends to offer its customers a complete experience, up to when recharging.

Lotus has just presented a complete range of charging solutions available now in China and planned for launch in Europe sometime next year.

We find an ultra-fast charging station, capable of delivering charging power of more than 450 kW. This technology will allow drivers to charge their Lotus Eletre, the brand’s electric SUV, from 10% to 80% in just 20 minutes. A second fast charging station, which this time will target motorways, can even go up to 480 kW in peak power.

Lotus is also presenting a charging terminal designed to accommodate four electric vehicles simultaneously. With a maximum output of 600 amps, this unit meets all charging needs.

Lotus terminals open to all?

All of these solutions are powered by liquid cooling technology, ensuring optimal efficiency while by preserving the lifespan of equipment.

Lotus is not only launching these stations, but also aspires to provide 450 kW ultra-fast charging solutions directly to its customers. A technical development is in preparation, offering owners the possibility of accessing this power as soon as the infrastructure allows it.

To make such investments profitable, like Tesla, Lotus undoubtedly plans to open its charging stations to all users and not just to owners of vehicles from the brand. However, these will potentially have some price advantages compared to the others.

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