An electric Lotus supercar soon?POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 05 July 2017
Li Shufu, the chairman of Zhejiang Geely, is famous for his public expressions of passion for Volvo, a Swedish car brand that punched above its weight because of its safety culture and corporate altruism. In the mid-course of negotiations to collaborate with Proton, there were rumours that he actually only wanted to own Lotus.
An English car brand founded by the late Colin Chapman, Lotus won motorsport championships and turned the F1 world on its head with its minimalistic cars that stayed true to Chapman’s philosophy of producing lightweight vehicles.
Chapman was also the discoverer of ground effect, the vacuum phenomenon created by the velocity of a low slung car.
Rumour or not, the fact is that Li Shufu is the majority owner of Lotus and a minority owner of Proton.
What can Li do with Lotus?
For one, he has the resources to make a Lotus electric car or even an electric supercar.
China is already the world’s biggest market for electric cars and Volvo, which is owned by Geely, will make its first electric car in China.
It’s a logical step for Zhejiang Geely to make Lotus its flagship vehicle for electric sports cars and supercars.
Let’s watch closely. What is your guess?