Depending on how old you are, the name "Lotus Cars" has different meanings. For some it's fast but fragile F1 cars in the 1960s and 1970s. Or maybe it's James Bond's submarine car. Or it's the light, nimble Elise, whose variations since 1996 make up most of the range. Regardless of which era you identify with, the precarious financial situation of the company has always been a recurrent theme throughout the decades. However, that changed in 2017, when Geely became the new parent company of Lotus.
Geely is the Chinese company responsible for the renaissance of Volvo since the purchase of the Swedish automaker from Ford in 2010. We wondered what the British boutique brand could do. After all, the company has never lacked ideas, especially when it comes to making cars easier or better (often the two are related). Many industry observers have feared that we will face a souped-up SUV derived from Volvo's SPA or CMA platforms. That can still happen; Just ask Porsche if the Cayenne was a bad idea if you are not sure.
But before that happens – and before the Elise is transformed for a third generation – there will be the Evija. That's the name for his new all-electric hyper car, which should be a low-volume halo car for the rest of the brand. The technical data are a feast for the eyes even with this rare vehicle class.
The Evija will receive a carbon fiber chassis (supplied by CPC) that weighs only 129 kg along with the subframes, and Lotus is aiming for a total weight of 1,680 kg. The battery pack comes from Williams Advanced Engineering, a Formula One team spin-off responsible for the first generation of Formula E racing batteries and the batteries of the new electric off-road racer Extreme E. At 70 kWh you can forgive that it is nothing special. According to Lotus, the battery of Evija will have a capacity of 2,000 kW.
Four Wheels, Four Engines
All energy is delivered to four engine-generator units, one for each Evija wheel. Each engine will have 493 hp (368 kW) and 314 lb-ft (425 Nm), giving the car a powerful 1,971 hp (1,470 kW) and 1,254 lb-ft (1,700 Nm). The performance goals are equally impressive. Maybe not the 0-62mph (0-100km / h) – under three seconds – or the top speed – over 340km / h – because today there are cars on sale that can do that and more. But how does 0-186 mph (0-300 km / h) sound in less than nine seconds? Lotus also says that 100 to 200 km / h take less than three seconds and 200 to 300 km / h are sent in less than four seconds.
"With the Lotus Evija, we have a highly efficient electric propulsion package capable of powering the road in unprecedented ways, with our batteries, electric motors and transmissions each operating at an efficiency up to 98%, setting new standards for excellence in engineering, "said Matt Windle, president of sports car technology at Lotus Cars.
Williams has designed the battery so that it can hold a charge of up to 800 kW. If someone builds such a powerful charger, they should be able to get the battery up to 100% in nine minutes. By then, Evija owners will have to settle for some of the new 350 kW CCS2 fast chargers. According to Lotus, the state of charge of an Evija will increase from 0 to 80% in 12 minutes. However, using a relatively low capacity battery results in a relatively short range – 250 miles (400 km) as determined by the (rather inaccurate) WLTP test scheme (which probably means that the range is closer to EPA testing) 210 miles).  Production will start next year with a production capacity of 130 vehicles (corresponding to the internal designation of the Evija, the Lotus Type 130). But they will not be cheap. Pricing starts at $ 2.1 million (£ 1.7 million), and if you really want to make sure you own one of those 130 cars, Lotus will be happy to secure a production slot for you as soon as you receive a $ 310,177 deposit (£ 250,000).
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