Lotus to build the electric vehicle in partnership with…Tesla

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

After the report last Friday that Lotus was intending to debut it very own electric car, a call to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk for a comment was made. It was a collaboration of Tesla and Lotus that developed the Roadster and Lotus makes the rolling chassis at its factory in Hethel. Musk was not surprised by the Financial Times story.

Obviously, Lotus let Tesla in on its intentions in advance and Tesla is hoping to vend some powertrain parts to Lotus for the new vehicle.

Tesla is already involved in a powertrain supply deal with a firm that has not yet been revealed. It is the hope of Musk that customer will be keen to publicly announce in the coming month or two.

It is commonly held that that customer is no other than Daimler and the powertrain is intended for the second-generation Smart ED. In two weeks time Musk will be in Detroit to deliver a important word about working with carmakers to provide powertrain systems, software and parts.

"I've made some comments about Silicon Valley being a lot more competitive on the world stage than Detroit, which few would disagree with and I think is a fair criticism, but that has been misinterpreted as anti-Detroit. The right move here for Detroit is to harness Silicon Valley innovation and work with companies like Tesla. It is ironic that our first major automotive partner is not American." said Musk.

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