Contrary to the worries that electric vehicles will be less fun than engine-revving and gas-burning ones, Lotus unveils its Evija: an all-electric hypercar capable of 1,972 hp to get from zero to 62mph in under three seconds. With a top speed of over 200mph, the Evija holds court with its hypercar peers. It’s not a driving enthusiast’s dream disguised as an electric car, either—its 250-mile range is comparable to many pedestrian electric vehicles that are undoubtedly less enjoyable to drive.
The Lotus Evija is set to enter production in 2020 and will be handmade at the carmaker’s HQ in Hethel, England and limited to just 130 cars. The cabin is split by a single, sloping control tower and the vehicle’s single screen (which sits just above the signature steering wheel) is the hub for the car’s battery level, range and lap times (on an included chronograph), along with a new infotainment system.
The company claims that new charging technology will allow the Evija to recharge in just 18 minutes. It’s powered by an electrical drivetrain, developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, that leans on Formula 1 and Formula E influences. A single-piece carbon fibre chassis is the first of its kind for a road vehicle and it weighs under 300 pounds.
A fusion of many influences, the Evija truly is uniquely positioned as the first all-electric British Hypercar. It’s aerodynamic, all-electric, fully customizable (even the car’s embedded crest can be replaced with a personalized design) and one of the fastest street-legal vehicles ever produced. Even if it’s out of reach for nearly all of us, it’s an ambitious look into the future of electric vehicles and into the freshly revitalized Lotus brand’s more accessible vehicles to come.
A custom made Evija starts at £1.5m with a required deposit of £250,000.
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