Here’s why the Lotus and Alpine EV will achieve what Tesla couldn’t
It could be the greatest EV sportscar we've seen yet!
Lotus and Alpine have just announced a joined venture in which they make an EV sports car together. Now, this is a very exciting prospect as these two automotive legends could create something amazing. And here’s why it will achieve what Tesla couldn’t with the Roadster back in 2008.
When Elon Musk first came out with the Tesla Roadster back in 2008, it was a mind-boggling thing. It was a completely electric sports car which was quick yet weighed 1,300kg which is 400kg more than the Lotus Elise on which it was based.
However despite its initial traction throughout the media, it was a bit of a flop because early Tesla Roadster owners reported battery failures, a dodgy tire pressure monitor system, water intrusion in the headlamps and a lot of road noise. This meant that the majority of people would rather own an Elise simply because it was a better car.
If Tesla tried this again today, it would be a very different story as you can see from the gen-2 Tesla Roadster and the hype that surrounds that mystical creature. This isn’t to say the new Tesla Roadster won’t be better than the Lotus/Alpine creation, but it is likely they will come out at a similar time and it will be very interesting to see how they vary.
So with that in mind, for Lotus to come out and say they’ve joined forces with Alpine to make an EV is very exciting as we all know they are the kings when it comes to making small, lightweight, nimble sports cars as they have been doing it far longer than Tesla have.
Not only has Lotus been in the business since the 1940s, but Alpine has experience in Formula E, Formula One and Endurance racing. This is all thanks to its big brother Renault who I am sure will help in the process. The biggest hurdle they will face is weight as Lotus do not like heavy things, but the tech from the Evija should help them out with all that jazz.
I really hope this collaboration isn’t just a Renault with Lotus styling, but we will have to see. Knowing Alpine, this will be one hell of a car and one which will likely go down in history as being one of the greatest EV collabs of all time. It will also do wonders for Lotus who I think really need this car to be a success at the moment with all that's going on.