Lotus is pitching the Evora platform technology to other companies. The structure, called Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA), can be easily adapted to create almost any type of vehicle, from sports car to SUV.
Lotus has shown in a presentation to potential customers that the Evora platform will easily take an electric powertrain, although a source said the firm would not be building one itself.
However, the company does admit it is working on eight hybrid and electric projects for other companies, and one report has suggested Tesla could market its own electric version of the Evora.
VVA is being offered predominantly to small companies for niche products and Lotus could either supply an Evora chassis or build a bespoke platform.
“If manufacturers want to do niche vehicles easily and effectively this is the way to do it,” said a Lotus spokesman.