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The All-Electric, All-Powerful Lotus Evija

Forget supercars. 

The Lotus Evija – pronounced “E-vi-ya” – is coming in 2020 and it is an all-electric hypercar. The British carmaker unveiled its first all-electric gamechanger in July, as CEO Phil Popham affirmed that the Evija will “re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans.”

Coming from a 70-year lineage of racing history, the Evija looks like the classic Lotus but it has replaced the fuel tank with an impressive 2,000-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack. It boasts no less than 1,973 horsepower sent through four electric motors, each capable of generating 493Hp.

Of course the Evija does not compromise on speed. It goes from 0-100km/h in 3 seconds, and while that might not be as impressive as its gasoline counterparts, it only needs another 3 seconds to reach 200km/h. 

Keep the pedal to the floor and you will hit 300km/h in under 9 seconds. 

Image source: Lotus

Only 130 units will be produced, and pricing will start at a cool £1.5 million (SGD$2.5-million). The aerodynamic design results in a strikingly muscular yet slick build with strategically placed vents, ducts, and an active rear spoiler that help the Evija stick to the tarmac. This once-in-a-generation car features handleless doors that flare out and upwards, and traditional door mirrors are replaced with cameras to reduce traditional drag. 

Image source: Lotus

Nothing escapes the Lotus’ attention to detail, with the interior inspired by 1950s race cars and “floating wings” dashboards. Both form and function converge to support the car in the most stylistically luxurious way, topped off with the tech-savvy center console. With its touch-sensitive haptic feedback buttons that subtly light up as your fingers trace over them, the Evija is racing ahead of any hypercar in its class.

Image source: Lotus

Range-anxiety is put at ease with a maximum cruising range of 400km. And in case it wasn’t mentioned previously, the Lotus Evija only takes nine minutes to fully charge.

This insanely powerful all-electric hypercar is coming into production soon, but in case the price range is a little above your budget, check out our two part series on Electric Vehicles (EVs) coming in 2019-2020: 

Source: The Verge/Top Gear/Engadget

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