A pioneering partnership between Lotus and energy company Centrica was announced in May last year and together, we’re working to transform Lotus into one of the most desirable performance car brands in the world. Our combined expertise in the energy and automotive sectors will help us develop a customer-centric experience for future Lotus EV owners and create a carbon net zero, global organisation.
In October, Lotus and Centrica revealed the switch had been thrown on a new ‘green electricity’ deal in which Hethel and our other UK sites will now only use 100% renewable energy. The contract is REGO-backed (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin) and means the power we use is guaranteed to be from renewable sources such as wind and solar power and ensures the electricity used by Lotus is carbon-neutral.
In 2021 we will install sensors and software to monitor our current energy usage in different zones around the organisation. This will help improve efficiencies and promote waste reduction.
Uday Senapati, Lotus Car’s Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Product Management said: “This is a huge first step for us in our commitment to becoming a 100% carbon neutral business. Next steps include working across our supply chain as part of our net-zero pledge, launching more zero-emissions vehicles as introduced with the Lotus Evija hypercar, and ensuring these vehicles are manufactured and distributed using the latest, sustainable technology and techniques.”
Carl Bayliss, Vice President of Mobility at Centrica, added: “This is an exciting new partnership which has got off to a fast start with this new supply contract announced today. Green power supplies offer an efficient means to supercharge commercial sustainability, and there is much more to follow from Centrica and Lotus as we plot the carmaker’s course to zero carbon.”