The Lotus Evija is a limited production electric sports car to be manufactured by British automobile manufacturer Lotus Cars. Unveiled in July 2019, it is the first electric vehicle to be introduced and manufactured by the company.[4] Codenamed "Type 130" and "Omega", its production will be limited to 130 units.[5][6]

Lotus Evija
ManufacturerLotus Cars
ProductionTBD (as of July 2023)
AssemblyHethel, Norfolk, England
DesignerAnthony Bushell[1] and Barney Hatt under Russell Carr
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutIndividual-wheel drive
Electric motor4 electric motors placed at each wheel
Power output1,500 kW (2,039 PS; 2,012 hp)
Transmission4 single-speed planetary
Battery93 kWh lithium-ion battery
Electric range346 km (215 mi)
Length4,459 mm (176 in)
Width2,000 mm (79 in)
Height1,122 mm (44 in)
Kerb weight1,887 kg (4,160 lb)[3]

The Evija prototype underwent high-speed testing in November 2019. A video was released on 21 November 2019 ahead of its debut later that day[7] at the Guangzhou Auto Show.[8] Lotus said it was planning thousands of miles of further road testing, on circuits in Europe and on Lotus's own track at Hethel.[7]

Name edit

The name Evija is derived from Eve of the Abrahamic religions, a name whose etymology can be traced back to the Biblical Hebrew חי, meaning 'alive', or 'living'.[9] Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: "Evija is the perfect name for our new car because it is the first all-new car to come from Lotus as part of the wider Geely family. With Geely's support we are set to create an incredible range of new cars which are true to the Lotus name and DNA."[10]

Specifications edit

The Evija is powered by a 70 kilowatt-hours (250 MJ) battery pack developed in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering, with electric motors supplied by Integral Powertrain.[11] The four individual motors are placed at the wheels and each is rated at 375 kW (510 PS; 503 hp), for a combined total output of 1,500 kW (2,039 PS; 2,011 hp) and 1,704 N⋅m (1,257 lb⋅ft) of torque.[12][13][14] The Evija has magnesium wheels with diameters of 510 mm (20 in) at the front and 530 mm (21 in) at the rear. It uses Pirelli Trofeo R tyres and AP Racing carbon ceramic disc brakes.[15] Lotus claims the Evija will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, from 0 to 300 km/h (190 mph) in 9.1 seconds, and achieve a speed-limited top speed of 349 km/h (217 mph).[12]

Production edit

Lotus announced in 2020 that production was to begin that summer.[16] In 2022 it announced "Eight cars now in build, all sold with first customer deliveries early in 2023."[13] As of July 2023 cars have yet to be delivered.

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References edit

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  2. ^ "DRIVING TOMORROW - Lotus reveals more of its future than ever before in global digital conference - Lotus Cars Media Site". Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Jenson Button to debut his Lotus Evija hypercar at 'The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering' - Lotus Cars Media Site". Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  4. ^ "Lotus unveils world's most powerful production car". Lotus Cars. 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Luke. "Lotus Evija name confirmed for new electric hypercar". Auto Express. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ Duff, Mike (7 July 2019). "The Lotus Evija Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16". Car and Driver. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  7. ^ a b Silvestro, Brian (22 November 2019), Watch the 2000-HP Lotus Evija Electric Hypercar on the Move for the First Time, Road & Track, retrieved 22 November 2019
  8. ^ Lawler, Richard (22 November 2019), Lotus puts its electric Evija hypercar prototype on the track, engadget, retrieved 22 November 2019
  9. ^ Goy, Alex (16 July 2019). "The Lotus Evija EV Hypercar Promises Almost 2000 Horsepower, Awesome Looks". Jalopnik.
  10. ^ "Lotus Evija (2020)".
  11. ^ Petrany, Mate (16 July 2019). "The Lotus Evija Is Britain's 2000-Horsepower Hyper EV". Road & Trackaccess-date=31 May 2020.
  12. ^ a b Calin, Razvan (14 October 2022). "1,500-kW Lotus Evija EV Is the World's Most Powerful Production Car, Hits 217 MPH". Auto Evolution.
  13. ^ a b "History with a future: the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi" (Press release). Hethel, UK: Lotus Cars. 14 October 2022. Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  14. ^ "Lotus Cars, Evija". Lotus Cars.
  15. ^ Blain, Loz (17 July 2019). "2,000-horsepower Lotus Evija becomes the world's most powerful production car". New Atlas.
  16. ^ "Lotus Evija production comes ALIVE" (Press release). Hethel, UK: Lotus Cars. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.

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