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Lotus Evija makes its debut in London

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The world’s first fully electric British hypercar, the all-new Lotus Evija, has been revealed. With a target power output of 2,000 PS and a price tag of £1.7m.

The Evija is the first Lotus road car to feature a one-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis.

At the heart of the Evija is an ultra-advanced all-electric powertrain. It has been developed with technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering. The battery pack is mid-mounted immediately behind the two seats and supplies energy directly to four powerful e-motors. With a target weight of just 1,680 kg, it will be the lightest pure electric hypercar ever to go into series production.

The Evija has five driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track. It can race from 0-62 mph in under three seconds and accelerate to a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Not only does the Lotus Evija feature the world’s most powerful automotive drivetrain, it also boasts the world’s fastest charging battery. The battery has the ability to accept an 800kW charge. Although charging units capable of delivering this are not yet commercially available, when they are it will be possible to fully replenish the battery in just nine minutes.

Using existing charging technology – such as a 350kW unit, which is currently the most powerful available – the Evija’s charge time will be 12 mins to 80% and 18 mins to 100%. The car’s range is 250 miles (400 km) on the WLTP Combined Cycle, or 270 miles on the NEDC Combined Cycle. Lotus is in discussions with external suppliers on a charging solution for customers.

A £250,000 deposit secures a production slot. Order books are now open through www.lotuscars.com.

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