Almost a year later, compatibility was listed as pending; Lotus has confirmed that Apple Car Key capabilities are now available to owners of the new all-electric Emeya cars. Lotus now joins a select group of vehicles that allow drivers to perform multiple access functions from their iPhone or Apple Watch wallet.
Apple's Car Key feature , which first debuted on select BMW models in 2021, allows you to use iPhone and Apple Watch as a convenient digital alternative to key fobs or physical keys. By selecting a car key from Apple's device wallet for a compatible electric vehicle model, the feature allows owners to lock, unlock, control climate control and, in some cases, even start the vehicle remotely.
Other features include passive entry and the ability to share keys with friends and family, allowing temporary access to the vehicle no matter where you are. To date, we've seen Apple Car Key used in several Genesis and Kia vehicles, as well as BYD, as well as several BMW electric vehicles.
In May 2023, Mercedes-Benz began offering Car Key. compatibility with its E-Class range, and at the time there were rumors that Lotus Cars would follow suit with its new Emeya electric car. Letter from Lotus’ Customer Service has confirmed that Apple Car Key is now supported.
Lotus confirms Apple Car Key support
The above email was sent to one of our readers after he inquired about the possibility of an Apple Car Key on the Lotus Emeya. As you can see, a Lotus consultant has confirmed that the automaker's latest models are equipped with Apple Wallet, which provides four separate remote functions.
If Lotus’ The latest models are already equipped with Car Key functionality, and we assume that existing Emeya owners will also be able to use this feature after the over-the-air update. Apple recommends checking with the manufacturer or local dealer to determine if your vehicle is compatible with Car Key.