Lotus Evija hypercar enters initial build phase in the UK

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The Lotus Evija is moving from sexy proposition to hypercard reality. The model is the first-ever British all-electric hypercar and it has the looks and powertrain to make an instant impact during track days worldwide.

Sporting a name that means “the first in existence”, the Evija boasts a 1972-horsepower output, sub-three second zero to 62 mph time, and a top speed over 200 mph. The model is the first project launched at Lotus under its Geely stewardship. Geely also owns Lynk & Co, Volvo, and Polestar among other brands that are less familiar to Americans like PROTON.

Meet the Lotus Evija
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The car’s all-electric powertrain was co-developed with Williams Automotive Engeineering, the company behind many Formula One and Formula E successes. Its battery pack is mid-mounted directly behind the coupe’s two seats, supplying energy to four motors. Lotus says that the, “highly efficient system is the lightest, most energy dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car.”

Power is stored in the car’s 2,000 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can accept an 800kW charge and be fully loaded in just nine minutes.

However, charging infrastructure for 800 kW charging is not currently in place. On readily available 350 kWh charging devices, the the Evija’s charge time will be 12 mins to 80 percent and 18 mins to full. The car’s range is 250 miles on the WLTP Combined Cycle, or 270 miles on the NEDC Combined Cycle.

The Evija’s charging port is located at its rear.

Lotus has given the car a F1-style steering wheel and five drive modes: Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track.

Lotus is targeting a total vehicle weight of just 3703 pounds.

Evija is built for speed. It sports a carbon fiber body and a ride height of just 105 mm, meaning a can of soda won’t even fit below the car’s splitter. The four-wheel drive auto features a full carbon fiber chassis. It has a rear spoiler and F1-style Drag Reduction System. At the back is a ribbon-style light signature designed to remind admirers of fighter jets. The Lotus badge illuminates as well.

The car’s four radiators and dynamic exterior design aid with cooling, allowing the Evija to be driven flat out with no derate for at least seven minutes in Track mode.

Inside the cabin, the car features a “floating wing” dashboard. “The shape is inspired by the company’s prototype racing cars of the late Fifties and early Sixties,” said Russell Carr, Design Director, Lotus Cars. “It has a beauty and an elegance to it, and represents a typically Lotus approach because it performs multiple functions. It houses the instrument panel and air ducts, and is also an integral structural support. It reinforces Colin Chapman’s cast-iron rule that no Lotus component goes along for a free ride.”

A unique sloping center console features additional controls for the car including those for the climate and audio systems. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Passengers get in and out of the vehicle via two dihedral doors. The hands-free doors are operated via a key fob.

Lotus Evija Makes Dynamic Debut

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Production will be limited to 130 models.

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