Lotus starts testing Eletre prototype in Germany

Shortly before the planned start of delivery of the Eletre in Europe, Lotus is probably undertaking final test and tuning drives in Germany. The editors of electrive have photos from the greater Frankfurt area showing the lightly camouflaged electric SUV on the road.

Although the production version of the Eletre was already unveiled in March 2022 and production for other markets has been underway since July, Lotus decided to lightly camouflage the vehicle for its final test drives in Germany. The electric car was on the road in Frankfurt-Rödelheim with a licence plate from the district of Groß-Gerau. Lotus probably wanted to mislead a little with the GG number plate and a livery more reminiscent of the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker Opel – but the rear design with the characteristic roof spoilers gave the Eletre away.

However, Lotus did not go to great lengths to obtain the ‘Groß-Gerau’ number plate, as the Lotus Tech Innovation Centre is located in the district. In the past, it was common for carmakers to have their prototypes registered at the headquarters of a competitor via subsidiaries or special service providers in order to distract observers.

According to the prices published in October 2022, the Eletre starts at £89,500 in the UK. The model has an output of 450 kW, the top model Eletre R is even supposed to reach 675 kW. All variants use a 112 kWh battery. Deliveries in Europe are scheduled to begin this year.

With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.

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