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Lotus Emeya: Record-Breaking Fast Charging

12 June 2024

Have you ever found yourself waiting at a charging station longer than you actually drove your EV? What if I told you that the days of long charging times are dwindling, thanks to groundbreaking innovations like those achieved by the Lotus Emeya pure GT styled Electric Vehicle?

This marvel of engineering now holds the crown for the fastest charging EV, setting a new gold standard in the industry.

A New Benchmark in Speed by Lotus Emeya

During this year’s annual P3 Charging Index—a kind of “Olympics” for electric cars when it comes to charging—the Lotus Emeya turned heads by recharging 458 kilometres of range in a mere 20 minutes.

Imagine driving from Melbourne to Albury and almost back on a single, quick charge. To put that in perspective, last year’s winner, the Lucid Air, could only dream of such numbers with its then-impressive index of 1.04. So technology is advancing rapidly.

What Is the P3 Charging Index?

The P3 Charging Index (P3CI) offers a real-world comparison of electric vehicle charging times.

Rather than just measuring raw power output in kilowatts (kW), the P3CI looks at how vehicles use that power.

By analysing vehicle consumption data alongside charging curves, the index translates this into the actual time it takes to add kilometres of driving range.

This approach gives us a clearer picture of what to expect when you plug in your EV.

Understanding the P3 Charging Index for Lotus Emeya

Graph comparing average charging time of various electric vehicles.

Source: P3 Asia Charging Index

Why should we care about these numbers?

The P3 Charging Index measures how quickly a car can turn a charging stop into mileage.

It’s not just about speed, though; it’s about setting standards that push the entire industry forward.

This year, for the first time, the tests were conducted in multiple locations across the globe, including the bustling streets of Seoul, Korea, highlighting the global race towards efficient electric mobility.

The report evaluates the recharging capabilities of various electric vehicles.

To achieve a P3 Charging Index (P3CI) score of 1.0, an EV must be able to recharge 300 kilometers within 20 minutes, starting from a 10% state of charge (SoC).

The strength of this index lies in its comprehensive approach, considering not just the average charging power, but also the vehicle’s driving efficiency.

This dual focus provides a more complete picture of an EV’s performance under real-world conditions.

The Lotus Emeya has set a new charging record, earning a gold medal in performance with its impressive charging milestones.

In just 10 minutes, the vehicle boasts a range addition of 310 WLTP kilometres, and this extends to 459 kilometres after 20 minutes.

These achievements are underscored by an outstanding P3 Charging Index value of 1.53, marking the Emeya as a leader in rapid charging technology.

Lotus Emeya’s Remarkable Charging Curve

Graph displaying various electric vehicles with corresponding charging power and state of charge.
Source: P3 Asia Charging Index

The Lotus Emeya showcases a truly impressive charging curve that will excite any electric vehicle enthusiast.

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Featured in light blue in the latest P3 report, the Emeya comes equipped with a 102-kWh battery.

At its peak, the vehicle can draw an astonishing 402 kW of power, with an average charging rate of 331 kW.

Notably, the Emeya reaches an 80% state of charge (SoC) in just 14 minutes. After this point, the charging speed tapers off significantly, leading to a subsequent 6 minutes of much lower charging power.

This distinctive charging profile highlights the advanced capabilities of the Emeya, making it a standout in rapid EV charging technology.

Local vs Global Perspectives

Globally, the ability to charge quickly means less downtime on long road trips.

However, in a country like Australia, where city-to-city distances can be vast, the significance of rapid charging becomes even more pronounced.

For example, the drive from Sydney to Melbourne or Perth to Esperance could transform from an ordeal into a mere interlude with the right infrastructure.

As we look to the future, the widespread adoption of quick charging stands to revolutionize road trips across the Australian landscape and beyond.

The Contenders and Innovators

The Lotus wasn’t the only star of the show.

Vehicles like the Tesla Model Y and Kia EV9 also showed promising advancements.

The Hyundai IONIQ 6, with its sleek design, not only charged quickly but also did so with remarkable energy efficiency.

Each model brings us closer to a future where electric vehicles are the norm, not the exception.

Challenges on the Horizon

While we celebrate these technological leaps, they also highlight a significant hurdle: our current infrastructure.

As cars get faster at sucking up electrons, our charging stations need to keep up.

P3 suggests that the traditional 20-minute charge time could soon become obsolete, pushing for a new standard of 15 minutes or less.

Looking Ahead for a Greener Future

What the Lotus Emeya has achieved is not just a win for its makers but a win for all of us who believe in a cleaner, more efficient future.

As we move forward, the focus isn’t just on making electric cars faster but also making them smarter and more accessible.

Future Looking Brighter and Faster with Lotus Emeya

The Lotus Emeya is not just breaking records; it’s setting a new course for the electric vehicle industry.

As we charge ahead into the future, let’s stay plugged into these developments—because the road ahead is electrifying.

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