Thursday, September 16, 2021
News Caterham Looking to EV for Seven, Report Says Due for 2023

Caterham Looking to EV for Seven, Report Says Due for 2023

Electric Seven sooner or later

  • Flyweight carmaker knows it needs EVs to live on

  • High tech for car that launched before NASA


Caterham, the company that is best known for continuing the iconic Lotus Seven for all these years, is planning an electric model of the car known for weighing as much as a feather. Though the automaker and its new owners say the car is due in 2023, they still seem a long way from production reality.

“He’s determined to see this brand continue for another 50 years,” Caterham CEO Graham Macdonald told Autocar about Kazuho Takahashi, CEO of Caterham’s new owner VT Holdings.

Macdonald said that Takahashi knows Caterham doesn’t have endless resources, but that the new owners will help with stability, funding, and security for the brand moving forward. Importantly, that means funding a new electric Caterham Seven to keep the brand relevant moving forward.

The report says that the EV Seven (might we suggest SEVen?) will need to stay light and basic, and to help do that the automaker will leave out weight-adding features like regenerative braking. It probably won’t be as light as the petrol Seven, but the company will do its best. A prototype exists, which Macdonald has driven, and said that “It’s very much like a go-kart: it’s two-pedal, you’ve got rapid acceleration and it’s a different product to drive. No less exciting, but exciting in a different way.”

There’s plenty of work ahead, though. Caterham doesn’t yet have a partnership deal for electric vehicle batteries. Or for motors. Macdonald didn’t say where the company was looking but confirmed Caterham wouldn’t use another company’s skateboard chassis because that would lose the essence of the model.

Gas engines will stick around, as long as the company can find one that will work with their cars, an increasingly difficult challenge as the automaker does not want to move to turbocharging to maintain the feel of the brand.

 

 

Trending Now

Nissan GT-R T-spec Limited Edition is Colourful

The Nissan GT-R T-spec will sit above the current Premium trim. The fabled Millennium Jade colour returns. The GT-R T-spec will be priced...

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Passes Corvette As Fastest-Selling Car in August in the US

New Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup stayed the least amount of time on a dealer’s lot of any car in August The Santa Cruz...

2022 Polestar 2 Dual Motor gets 7% more range than 2021 model

Official EPA range ratings have been released for the 2022 Polestar 2 and they show 26 kilometres (16 miles) more range for the...

The New 2022 Subaru WRX is Finally Here

It features the 2.4-litre turbocharged BOXER engine good for 271-horsepower. It is finally assembled on Subaru’s Global Platform The car is all-new from...

Volkswagen Diesel Scandal : Trial Begins Today for Four Managers

The scandal began in September of 2015 9 million Diesel powered vehicles built by Volkswagen group were found to cheat emissions regulations This...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.