Lotus Emeya debuts at Guangzhou Auto Show in China

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Lotus Emeya had an official public debut at the 2023 Guangzhou Auto Show in China today. Deliveries are planned to start in the first half of 2024, and the supersport will reach European markets in 2025.

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Lotus Emeya is a 905 hp British-Chinese electric super sedan developed by Lotus Technologies and manufactured in Geely’s plant in Wuhan. Emeya is Lotus’s second mass-produced car after the Eletre SUV launched last year.

Lotus says they integrated a battery under the middle section of the car’s body and moved the cockpit a bit forward, achieving nearly perfect 50:50 front-to-rear axle weight distribution.

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Emeya is equipped with a rear spoiler and diffuser. When the spoiler is raised, it provides a maximum downforce of 215 kg. The active diffuser automatically opens when vehicle speed surpasses 90 km/h, allowing airflow to pass through the chassis.

Inside the car, you find a large steering wheel, a large control screen in the middle, a narrow instrument LCD panel for the driver, and a small LCD for digital rear mirrors. It also features a 55″ AR HUD (Augmented Reality Heads Up Display). There are plenty of physical buttons, a massive central tunnel with two cupholders, and many premium materials such as Nappa leather or Ultrafabrics.

The EV sits on the Electric Premium Architecture (EPA) platform, an enhanced SEA platform from Geely. Emeya is a big car, over 5.1 meters long. It is a 4-door 5-seater with dimensions (L/W/H) 5139/2005/1464 mm, respectively, and the wheelbase is 3069 mm.

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There will be two powertrain options, 450 kW and 675 kW. The lower trim has twin engines with a combined maximum power of 450 kW (225 kW each), and the higher trim has a power of 675 kW or 905 horsepower (225 kW front and 450 kW rear motor). The top speed is limited to 256 km/h.

Emeya is built on 800V architecture, so expect super fast charging: Lotus claims you can get 180 km in 5 minutes using a 350 kW supercharger, and 10% to 80% takes 15 minutes. It will feature a 102 kWh battery from CATL. The curb weight is 2,565 kg. Emeya also features four lidars.

Lotus applied for an Emeya Chinese sales license in September, hinting the launch is near. The price wasn’t announced yet, but expect around 1 million yuan (137k USD). Geely currently has an IPO fever, and after Zeekr’s IPO, it plans to make Lotus Technologies a publicly listed company in the US. No word on Emeya’s availability in North America, but Geely already sells China-made Polestar 2 in the US, so there might be a pleasant surprise.

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