Lotus has launched an all-new electric bicycle, featuring the lightest e-bike motor on the market to keep weight down.
Called the Type 136, the new e-bike is a celebration of three decades of experience gained by Lotus in the world of cycling.
The company’s first foray into the sport came with the Type 108, developed by Lotus Engineering for use at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. The Type 108 helped Chris Boardman to win a gold medal in the 4,000m pursuit, and also set a new world record.
Technology from outer space
For the Type 136, Lotus has used a lightweight carbon fibre frame and bespoke components, all crafted in Italy. With V-shaped handlebars, and vaulted chain stays created by Lotus chief aerodynamicist Richard Hill, the Type 136 should cut through the air with ease.
In true Lotus fashion, the Type 136 tips the scales at a lightweight 9.8kg, aided by the HPS e-bike system that adds just 1.2kg. The electric motor itself contributes a scant 300g, and is similar to the device used for the Mars Lander project.
Adding to the innovation is a battery pack disguised as a water bottle. This can be removed from the frame at the push of a button to aid charging, and provides power for up to three hours.
Another new electric Lotus
To mark the launch of the Type 136, Lotus has created a limited-production First Edition version, featuring ‘an iconic motorsport livery’ in black and gold. A total of 136 First Edition models will be made, each individually numbered and priced at £20,000. Potential buyers can register their interest now.
The standard version of the Type 136 will go on sale in the spring of 2024, priced from £16,999.
Feng Qingfeng, CEO of the Lotus Group, commented: “I am proud to launch the Lotus Type 136 as the next chapter in our high-performance journey. For the past 75 years, Lotus has been relentlessly pushing the boundaries of innovation on the road and track. Type 136 shows that we continue to do so. Launching alongside Eletre, Emeya and Evija, it will further expand global perceptions of what to expect from Lotus.”
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