According to the manufacturer, Evija means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’, although in which language we’re not sure. It does, however, fit nicely at the top of Lotus’ current model range of Elise, Exige and Evora models.
The Evija’s powertrain has been developed by technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering. A mid-mounted battery pack – echoing Lotus’ tradition mid-engine mounting – supplies energy directly to four powerful motors, one at each wheel. Lotus claims the highly efficient system is the lightest, most energy-dense electric power package ever fitted to a road car. With a target weight of just 1,680kg, the Evija will be the lightest pure electric hypercar ever to go into series production.
The world’s most powerful automotive drivetrain is joined by the world’s fastest charging battery, which has the ability to accept an 800kW charge and fully replenish in just nine minutes. With five driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track – it boasts a pure electric driving range target of 250 miles.