12 May 20

Lotus and Centrica partnering in new EV ownership model

Car manufacturer Lotus has started a collaboration with Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, to develop a new model for electric vehicle ownership that integrates future mobility and energy services.

The companies state they would like to redefine the customer relationship with the car by making the car an extension of the home, capable of storing electricity and providing services to the energy market.

The new partnership comes months before the production of the new all-electric Lotus Evija hypercar later in 2020, and marking the start of Lotus’ journey to electrifying its growing range of vehicles.

Centrica will also support Lotus in building a global zero-emission sustainability programme that helps mitigate the environmental impact from manufacturing through to sales and the day-to-day activities of Lotus employees.

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.

Copyright image: Lotus, 2020.

Authored by: Steven Schoefs