Bound for Europe early next year, the charger has been designed primarily for "charge point operators, fleet providers and dealerships".
The technology is likely to be rolled out in select areas, with multiple chargers in each location; motorway service stations are earmarked.
The system, which won’t be locked to Lotus owners, is able to charge up to four cars at once, although typical charges are limited to two fast-charging outputs. While any EV can use them, Lotus has said the system will be "particularly effective" on cars equipped with 800V charging hardware.
Each system comprises a “market-leading” 450kW direct current (DC) charger, power cabinet and charging unit. Currently, the UK’s most powerful EV charger is run by Gridserve, operating at a maximum rate of 360kW and taking 15 minutes to add 100 miles of range.
Coolant is sent through the charging connector to allow for hotter temperatures and therefore higher charging speeds – technology that Lotus believes will futureproof it.
When tested on the new Lotus Eletre R SUV, the DC charger added up to 88.5 miles of range to the battery in five minutes, making it one of the fastest EV chargers on the market today.
In comparison, Tesla’s Superchargers take the same time to add 75 miles of range.
The Lotus system can also top up a battery from 10% to 80% in 20 minutes. The firm says it will offer the charger as an upgrade to its existing customers who already have a charger installed.
Alan Wang, vice-president of Lotus Technology, said: “As more governments are increasing investment into electrification in their journey to net-zero, the demand for a reliable electric vehicle charging infrastructure has never been higher than before. Lotus has developed best-in-class fast-charging solutions to deliver a quick and reliable charging experience to meet customer needs.”