The Lotus Evija, which means “the residing one” or “the primary in existence,” is among the most stunning vehicles I’ve ever seen. It’s the primary British hypercar and the primary electrical automobile (EV) constructed by Lotus of Hethel, England.
Evija, pronounced “eh-vai-jah,” is not like every other automobile. Its curves and “porous” design make not just for attention-grabbing visuals, but in addition for an impressive aerodynamic profile. As an alternative of slicing the air because it speeds, as different vehicles do, the Evija was designed to encourage air movement by way of openings in its chassis.
That will increase the automobile’s effectivity and stability whereas being propelled by 4 electrical motors pushing nearly 2,000 horsepower mixed, enabling it to achieve a high velocity of 217 miles per hour. Lotus hasn’t examined this quantity but, however in keeping with the corporate, the automobile can speed up from Zero-60 mph in lower than three seconds. That alone may give Tesla’s
Mannequin S a run for its cash when the numbers are available. (Tesla claims its upcoming new Roadster goes Zero-60 in 1.9 seconds. Keep in mind, additionally, that Tesla’s first automobile, the unique Roadster, was a closely modified Lotus Elise.) Lotus claims the Evija can attain 186 mph in lower than 9 seconds, which is “higher than every other direct competitor,” the corporate says.
Lotus’ hypercar ought to have the ability to attain 250 miles earlier than its 70 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery runs out of juice. Recharging as much as 80% of the battery’s capability at an 800-volt, 350 kW, Stage three quick charger will take 12 minutes, whilst you’d want to attend further six minutes for a full cost. Spectacular, however nonetheless not the world’s fastest-charging battery pack regardless of the corporate’s declare — the Porsche Taycan’s battery expenses from Zero-100% in solely 15 minutes. It’s highly effective, nonetheless, once we have in mind huge power-hungry motors and electronics.
Whereas the outside is unbelievable wanting, the inside is equally stunning. The primary console is clear and high-tech-looking, nearly resembling a futuristic fighter jet. From the hexagonal, honeycomb-like construction of the dashboard buttons, to the absolutely digital central console perched above the racing-style wheel, each component appears to be rigorously thought out and put collectively. Holes and curved, open areas between surfaces go properly along with the general porous theme of the automobile, and its magnificence is emphasised by Alcantara-lined seats and steering wheel.
The Evija affords technical facilities and novelties one would count on from autos in its worth vary, and these are just a few: As an alternative of traditional “mirror-based” headlights, the automobile options laser lights to mild up the street. Mirrors are changed by pop-up cameras that show photos taken at numerous angles behind the automobile. Evija is supplied with dihedral doors missing handles — they open solely through a key fob. Lastly, a companion app can be utilized to show the details about the automobile and entry its many options.
After a decade-plus hiatus, the Lotus Evija was launched not solely as a British hypercar flagship, but in addition as a press release: The corporate remains to be alive and kicking. The identical couldn’t have been mentioned just a few years in the past; because the layoff of Lotus’ CEO in 2012, the street had been rocky for the British automobile firm till it was acquired by Geely, a privately held international automotive group primarily based in China. Already house owners of Volvo, Geely took maintain of Lotus in 2017, and judging by the Evija, issues are wanting up.
This automobile isn’t for everybody, although, and the British producer wished to verify of that. Lotus plans to supply solely 130 of those beauties, making the Evija one of many scarcest vehicles on the planet. If amount wasn’t prohibitive sufficient, the value most certainly might be: The mannequin goes for a bit of over $2.1 million. If you wish to safe yours, ensure that to put in a $300,000 deposit, and the automobile might be yours in 2020.
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Jurica Dujmovic is a MarketWatch columnist.