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The iconic Lotus Elise has been reimagined by its original designer as a fast-charging electric vehicle, which can be fully charged in six minutes, it's been claimed.  

Designer Julian Thomson, known for his work on the Elise S1 and various Volkswagen Group concepts, conceptualised the two-seater, while the Callum design agency, led by ex-JLR design head Ian Callum, brought it to life.

Equipped with advanced battery technology from British firm Nyobolt, the Lotus Elise S1 EV is powered by recyclable batteries that are smaller and lighter than those used in current EVs, and can provide a claimed range of 155 miles. 

Despite being able to charge from 0 to 80 percent in just four minutes, the company claims its batteries can undergo over 2000 fast-charge cycles without significant performance loss, and have a lifespan of 300,000 miles.

The rapid charging times are said to have been achieved thanks to new materials, cell designs and software controls, which all aim to make recharging as convenient as refuelling a traditional car.

The vehicle itself is based on a Lotus Exige S chassis, and is expected to have a limited production run of 25 cars per year, pending a decision around a year after the initial prototype hits the road. 

It retains the silhouette and key features of the original Elise S1, but introduces new-spec 19-inch alloy wheels, slimline LED lights and a reimagined rear end.

It weighs just 1246kg and makes 470bhp and 498 Nm of torque, meaning a power-to-weight ratio of 400 bhp-per-tonne.

The vehicle will make another public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, ahead of a road-going prototype set to debut in November.


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Harry Leahey 14/06/23