There is a new electric hypercar speeding into town, and it’s insanely powerful.
When Lotus began teasing its new Evija electric hypercar, we were told it would blow our minds. We’ll, now that it’s finally here, consider us impressed.
Despite being a new kind of vehicle for Lotus, the Evija stays true to the brand’s ethos of making lightweight, fun-to-drive cars. It is built around a single-piece carbon fiber monocoque chassis and weighs 3,704 pounds (1,680 kg), which although fairly heavy for a Lotus is very light for an electric vehicle. In fact, the Evija is the world’s lightest production EV hypercar as of the time of this writing.
The heavy 2,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is mounted in the middle of the car just like the engines in Lotus’ normal cars and provides a driving range of approximately 250 miles (402 km). Once depleted, it can be recharged fully in as little as nine minutes when using a 800 kW charger and up to 90 percent capacity in only 12 minutes with a 350 kWh charger.
Power for the Evija comes from four electric motors that produce a combined “target output” of 2,000PS (1,973 horsepower), which will make it the most powerful series production road car ever built if Lotus is able to hit that target. That’s enough motivation for completing the sprint from 0 to 62 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds; hitting 124 mph (200 km/h) and 186 mph (299 km/h) in round 6 seconds and less than 9 seconds, respectively; and reaching an expected top speed o around 200 mph (322 km/h).
The electric motors have the ability to vector the amount of power to each wheel to improve traction and handling.
Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus, stated that “The Lotus Evija is a car like no other,” adding that it will re-establish the brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and pave the way for further visionary models.
Lotus plans to build only 130 units of the Evija electric hypercar, and they won’t be cheap. Each one will cost $2.1 million in the United States or £1.7m plus duties and taxes in Europe, and buyers are required to put down a $310,000 deposit. Each example will be hand-built at the company’s famous plant in Hethel, UK.
It wasn’t long ago that Lotus was teetering on irrelevance. It had an old lineup and hadn’t released an all-new mainstream car in over a decade, but there appears to be a reversal of fortune ever since it was acquired by Geely.
The Chinese automaker set an ambitious goal of transforming the struggling Brit into a Ferrari and Porsche-fighter, and the Evija his a giant step towards achieving that goal. The electric hypercar should be able to give the Ferrari SF90 Stradale hybrid supercar and Porsche 918 a run for their money, as well as other electric supercars like the Rimac C_Two and new Tesla Roadster.
The future looks more promising for Lotus, and we can’t wait to see what it comes out with next. What do you think about the Lotus Evija electric hypercar? Share your thoughts in the comments below.