Very interesting.Which SEA? there are 5 of them
SEA1 large vehicules wheelbase > 2, 900 mm as the Zeekr 001 with a 800-volt architecture
SEA2 Wheelbase from 2,650 mm to 2,900 mm Next Smart SUV, certainly next XC20
SEA-S (as sport) some info may be presented by Lotus at goodwood this summer
SEA-C (as commercial) which will underpin vehicles between 3.5 and 5.5 tonnes, including buses with a capacity of up to 12 passengers and pick-up trucks.
SEA-E (as entry) base vehicules.
Lotus' recent PR and new about their future has made a lot of them "having their own platform for future products". But it seems this is a bit of spin since it's actually SEA underpinning them. Seems the CMA and SPA based SUVs have been cancelled plus the last ICE Lotus (to be unveiled as the Emira in July) has adopted the existing Toyoto-Lotus V6 with a Merc 4 cylinder for the entry level model rather than Volvo VEA engines as planned. That's very disappointing. Plus Lotus also cancelled the 450bhp VEA engine + 150 bhp motor powertrain as well to go only EV for all future products - except the Emira.
I would have expected LEVC to switch to SEA-C for their next generation of products after the TX taxi and VN van. The details above of 3.5-5.5 tonnes and buses with up to 12 passengers doesn't seem to capture these 2-3 tonne products. But... SEA looks quite adaptable to a wide range of vehicles so maybe it will be used by LEVC for these smaller products too. The 3.5 tonne and above would likely be Farizon / Geely Commercial Vehicles products but there's probably some overalap with LEVC there too. Pick up trucks is an interesting addition to the SEA-C list there too...
LEVC originally planned, it seems, the TX, VN5, minibus and pick up truck plus there was a 3.5 tonne product in development too. Maybe there still is or maybe these were canned for later SEA based products.
Interestingly SEA is "range extender capable" which aligns with LEVC's current range extender TX and VN5 products (use Volvo's 3 cylinder engine). So that's an interesting capability to have, maybe seeing ICEs continue for a bit longer in this platform.
SPA-2 for next gen S60/V70, S90 and V90 as well? Or will these switch to SEA as well and only be EVs?