Lotus Unveils The Evija: Its First All-Electric Hypercar

By Paul Joseph

The battle of electric hypercars has begun and the latest to join in is renowned British manufacturer Lotus.

Meet the Lotus Evija, the marquee's first in-house all-electric car, boasting 1,973 horsepower and the first Lotus model to break into the hypercar segment.

The newly unveiled Evija is also the first Lotus to be conceived entirely under the ownership of Chinese automobile giant Geely, which bough the company in 2018.

It was also in December last year when Autocar UK broke the news that Lotus was working on a $2.8 million all-electric hypercar that would compete against the likes of Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista.

Internally known as the Type 130, Lotus will build 130 road-going examples slated to begin production next year.

As far as the design and aesthetics are concerned, the Evija retains the recognisable silhouette of Lotus cars. However, the EV hypercar has been given futuristic design elements and an eye-catching fascia, including vertically stacked LED headlights.

The Evija also gets active aerodynamics that allows for an F1-style Drag Reduction System. It also weighs just 3,704 pounds thanks to a single-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis, which makes it super-lightweight in the world of electric cars.

The car is powered by a mid-mount 2,000-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack that sends its juice to four electric motors capable of generating 493hp each, taking the total to 1,973 horsepower. Lotus says the Evija will go from zero to 62 mph in under 3 seconds and hit a top speed of more than 200mph.

Lotus claims a 250-mile of range on the European test cycle and the ability to charge at 350 kW, which will give an 80% charge in 12 minutes and a full charge in 18 minutes.

All 130 units of the Lotus Evija are available with a price-tag of around $2.1 million.

By Paul Joseph