Aiming to help make charging electric cars easier for drivers, Lotus has launched its very own rapid-fast 450kW EV chargers, along with a host of other very lucrative-looking products. Are they more or less likely also aimed at rivalling another American electric vehicle company with its proprietary charging system and pioneering rapid-fast chargers? We think so!
But the British car manufacturer, which plans to go all-electric by 2028, said that its primary motive is to curb the charging anxiety largely prevalent among the UK motoring crowd. In fact, in a survey conducted this year, nearly 80 per cent of the public cited the lack of charging infrastructure as a primary reason for not buying an EV.
Today we launched a new range of market leading 450kW capable Liquid-Cooled DC charging solutions.
We are future proofing our charging offering for next gen high voltage electric vehicles.
Find them across Europe and the Middle-East next year. Sitting still was never our thing pic.twitter.com/yNFLzo9kDB
— Lotus Cars (@lotuscars) November 28, 2023
Liquid Cooling: Lotus’ answer to EV charging?
To solve this problem, Lotus has turned to using liquid-cooled technologies in its newly unveiled suite of commercial charging solutions, which include three products, the ultra-fast 450 kW DC charger, a power cabinet, and a modular unit for charging up to four vehicles at once.
The headliner of all those products is surely the 450kW DC charger, primed by the company to go head-to-head against the Superchargers by another brand known as Tesla (you may have heard of it!). Arguably the most popular ultra-fast chargers on the planet, the V3 model of Tesla’s Superchargers can dispense a power of up to 250kW, also using liquid cooling tech.
The Texas-based company has developed somewhat of a hegemony using its proprietary adapters to charge electric cars. And this month, Tesla also announced the V4 chargers, theoretically capable of supplying up to 650kW of power, even opening a few stations in the USA equipped with the latest models. However, with the current infrastructure of V3 cables, it’s uncertain of when they can be used to their full potential.
Meanwhile, with the brand new ultra-fast charger from Lotus, the hyper-SUV Eletre R can be charged to go for 88.5 miles or 142 km with just five minutes of charge, making it one of the most competitive electric vehicle chargers.
Other brand new charging tech from Lotus
Also launching alongside the DC charger is a liquid-cooled modular power cabinet, offering market-leading power output capabilities of up to 480 kW. Lotus said that it is suited for spaces that require high energy in order to increase efficiency and minimise charging time, such as motorway rest stops.
And rounding up the new releases is the charging terminal unit, which you guessed, is also liquid-cooled. When used with the power cabinet, it can charge up to four vehicles at once and has a maximum current output of 600 Amp.
Mike Johnstone, Chief Commercial Officer at Lotus Group, said: “Over the past six years, Lotus has been investing in the technology and infrastructure to accelerate the transition to electrification. We want to make it easier than ever to own an electric vehicle and with our latest offerings, Lotus is able to provide customers with the confidence to access easy, fast, and efficient charging.”
By offering a staggering power output of 450kW, Lotus has most likely future-proofed its offering, and as electric charging points become more and more popular, it definitely provides Lotus EV owners a convenient and super-quick way to juice up their cars. Another thing is that Lotus customers will be able to easily upgrade to this power output without additional hardware costs once in-market service providers roll out grid upgrades.
So when do these products actually hit the market? Lotus has already deployed its fast-charging solutions in China. The company is also expected to roll these out in most of the European countries and the Middle East by mid-2024, with Germany and Austria following at a later date.