Jessica Tabinor Automotive and Motorsport
INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ
Lotus unveils new all-electric hypercar, the Evija.
Evija could be capable of 1,972 hp to get from zero to 62mph in under three seconds
Lotus has plans to produce a maximum of 130 of the vehicles, which will cost upwards from £1.7m each
The Norfolk based British sports car manufacturer, Lotus has unveiled its new all-electric hypercar, the Evija.
The latest model is claimed to be the lightest and most powerful all-electric hypercar ever to go into series production in the world. While the performance figures are hypothetical at this point, Evija could be capable of 1,972 hp to get from zero to 62mph in under three seconds. And with a top speed of over 200mph, the Evija holds court with its hypercar peers.
Phil Popham, Lotus Cars CEO said:
“Evija will re-establish Lotus as a leader in terms of engineering and design. It is a hypercar that is built ‘For The Drivers’.”
“The world premiere of the Evija has been nothing short of spectacular – the perfect way to start a new chapter in this iconic company’s history. I am incredibly proud of what the team has achieved.”
The name Evija means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’ and has been described as “highly appropriate” by the manufacturer.
Popham added: “The Evija is a seismic shift for Lotus and signifies the rebirth of one of the UK’s most renowned sports car marques. It will act as a halo for the thrilling new range of Lotus performance cars that will follow.”
The car’s range is 250 miles (400km) on the WLTP Combined Cycle, or 270 miles on the NEDC Combined Cycle and, using existing charging technology, the battery can be fully charged in 18 minutes. Looking ahead, it has the ability to accept an 800kW charge which the firm claims will reduce this to just nine minutes.
Russell Carr, Design Director at Lotus commented:
“The Evija is beyond anything Lotus has ever done… beyond anything, I’ve ever done. We have created something beautiful, something new, dramatic and unique.”
Evija has been designed and engineered in the UK and will be produced at the firm’s headquarters in Hethel, near Norwich.
Lotus has plans to produce a maximum of 130 of the vehicles, which will cost upwards from £1.7m each. A figure that is out of reach for most of us yet provides us with an ambitious look into the future of electric vehicles.