2020 Lotus Evija EV hypercar debuts with nearly 2,000 bhp

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Lotus Evija (2019)

Only 130 will be built, and they won't be cheap.

When Lotus began teasing its new Evija electric hypercar, we were told it would blow our minds. It’s now revealed, and yes, the stats are indeed very impressive. The Evija is the first new product to come from Lotus since joining the expanding Geely automotive network, and if these figures hold true for the 130 road-going examples slated to begin production next year, it will be one heck of a performer.

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Let’s jump right to the chase. Lotus says the Evija will boast no less than 1,973 bhp, sent to the pavement through four electric motors capable of generating 493 bhp each. The power comes from a mid-mount 2,000-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, and with all four wheels on accelerative duty, Lotus says the Evija will sprint to 62 mph in under 3 seconds. While certainly fast, that figure doesn’t sound terribly impressive when you consider many petrol-powered hypercars can run faster with much less power, not to mention Tesla Model S P100d

Lotus Evija (2019)

However, when you look beyond that benchmark, the Evija’s power becomes rather startling. Lotus says the two-seater needs just another 3 seconds to hit 124 mph, and if you keep the skinny pedal on the floor, it will hit 186 mph in less than 9 seconds. Top speed is estimated to be somewhere north of 200 mph, so yeah, this car should be seriously quick.

Lotus Evija (2019)

Aside from power, the Evija will also be a relative featherweight in the EV world. It’s the first Lotus to feature a single-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis, and with all the components plugged in it should weigh around 1,680 kilograms (3,704 pounds). It should also handle like a Lotus, thanks to its slick aero shape with strategically placed vents, ducts, and an active rear spoiler that help the Evija stick to the tarmac. Its electric motors can also vector power to each wheel as needed for optimum grip and manoeuvrability. Five different driving modes – range, city, tour, sport, or track – let the Evija adapt to multiple environments.

Lotus Evija (2019)

As far as non-performance figures are concerned, Lotus believes the Evija will all but eliminate range anxiety. The hypercar has a targeted range of approximately 250 miles, but more importantly, its battery pack is capable of getting a complete recharge in just nine minutes. That’s almost as quick as a typical fuel stop, but there is a notable catch. It requires an 800 kW charger, of which none exist just yet. 350 kW chargers are the highest-powered systems currently available, but that can still recharge the Evija to 80 percent capacity in 12 minutes.

Lotus Evija (2019)

It’s also rather tech-savvy for being a brutal, high-horsepower hypercar. Lotus says the Evija will be the first production car to use lasers for headlights, and you probably noticed a lack of mirrors as well as door handles on the car’s exterior. Cameras will provide rearward visibility to the driver, and the dihedral doors will operate electrically via the key fob. Inside, driver and passenger will enjoy niceties such as dual-zone climate control, an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Alcantara trim.

Lotus Evija (2019)

Being insanely powerful and limited to just 130 units, you can bet the Evija will be very expensive. Lotus has a priced the Evija at £1.7m plus tax and duties. A £250,000 deposit secures a production slot. It’s also worth noting that all the stats and figures here are targets at this point. Production for the Evija isn’t slated to begin until 2020, but if you’re ready to take an electric leap with Lotus, the order banks are now open.

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