Lotus terminated contract with WAE to develop EvijaSeptember 2, 2020
Lotus has ended its technical partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) in which the two firms were working on the all-electric Evija hypercar. The engineering firm is taking legal action against Lotus, claiming the decision was wrongful and legally unfounded.
The details of the termination are unknown, but WAE says Lotus’s decision is “unlawful and has no legal basis for commercial reasons unrelated to Lotus / Geely.” The engineering firm also claims that any claims by Lotus that the terms of the agreement were breached are “false and far-fetched.”
WAE is currently pursuing legal action against Lotus for unlawful termination of the agreement and will also seek compensation for invoices that have allegedly not been paid since April 2020.
The move puts a number of jobs in the UK at risk and jeopardizes the launch of Evija, which was recently postponed due to the inability to conduct trials during the pandemic, according to the WAE. WAE said the project is “now in its final stages” and that for its part, the company “continued to do outstanding work and advance the project, despite the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Moreover, WAE will have to find out how this problem will affect existing projects, clients and partners.
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