British automaker Lotus has unveiled its first all-new car in 11 years – an all-electric supercar, the Evija. The 1,972-horsepower coupe will be the first developed under Lotus’s parent company, billionaire Li Shu Fu’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., which also controls Volvo Car Group, and will be the halo for the rest of the Lotus range that includes the Elise, Exige, and Evora.
The Evija boasts a one-piece carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a low ride height of just 105mm, and an electric powertrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering of Formula One fame.
The luxury four-wheel-drive car has five drive modes: Range, City, Tour, Sport, and Track. It will be able to hit 62mph in under 3 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 200mph (320kmph). The total driving range will be 250 miles on a full charge of the 2,000kW battery. Using a 350kW charging unit, it takes 12 minutes to charge the car to 80% and 18 minutes to get a full charge.
Lotus Cars is reportedly preparing for an expansion that could see the iconic British automaker open a second UK factory and target new markets by building higher-volume models in China.
Production of the Evija will be limited to 130 units and will begin next year in Norwich. Pricing starts at a hefty £1.7million (€1.8m), with a £250,000 deposit required to secure a production allocation.