The sportscar maker Lotus has announced that a new model, to be called the Emira, will be its last conventionally powered car.
The new design forms part of a major overhaul of the Norfolk-based business, which is controlled by China’s Geely.
Managing director Matt Windle told the BBC it would form a bridge between what he called the analogue cars of today and the digital cars of tomorrow.
The firm wants all its models to be electric in future.
The investment programme orchestrated by Geely, which will see production in the UK tripled, as well as expansion abroad, is expected to cost more than £2bn.
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Lotus is a brand redolent with heritage. The car company was founded in the early 1950s by the engineer Colin Chapman.