British sports car manufacturer Lotus and battery cell expert Britishvolt are to collaborate on the research and development of advanced new EV technology.

The partnership will focus on the co-development of a new battery cell package “to power the next generation of electric sports cars from Lotus”, utilising advanced electric propulsion technologies developed by Lotus and powered by Britishvolt cells.

Key focuses of the partnership will be fast-charging, optimising energy density and weight reduction.

Development work on the project will benefit from the close proximity of Lotus and Britishvolt’s R&D centres of excellence in the West Midlands. The Lotus Advanced Technology Centre (LATC) opened in Wellesbourne in 2020 as the global headquarters of Lotus Engineering, the consultancy division of the business.

Lotus says the collaboration with Britishvolt is a significant development in the company’s ongoing transformation from a UK sports car company to a global and all-electric performance car business and brand. The announcement coincides with the release of an official design sketch, which provides first clues to a new Lotus EV sports car.

It follows a £100m investment by Lotus in its UK facilities, which includes manufacturing centres at Hethel for the Evija pure electric hypercar and Emira sports car – future-proofing, it says, the UK high-performance auto sector and the thousands of jobs that it supports.

Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars, said, “Lotus is delighted to be collaborating with Britishvolt to develop new battery cell technology to showcase the thrilling performance that a Lotus EV sports car can deliver. These are the first exciting steps on the journey towards an all-new electric sports car from Lotus, and yet another step towards the transformation towards sustainable, renewable electricity stored in batteries.”

He added, “Last year we committed Lotus to a pure electric future, and in the first month of this year we announce another significant step on that journey. In the coming months we will be unveiling the Type 132, an all-new and all-electric Lotus SUV and we’ve confirmed three more EVs are on the way.”

All future Lotus cars will be pure electric and inspired by the Evija, the world’s first British electric hypercar, which is set to launch this year.